By Spy Uganda
Hoima: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is in Hoima district, where he went to campaign for National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Harriet Businge Mugenti in the Woman Member of Parliament by-election, scheduled for Thursday this week.
However, it so happens that People Power politicians led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are also in Hoima, campaigning for opposition candidate Asinasi Nyakato, of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)
This is however bound to bring about a faceoff that might be similar to what happened in Arua during the by-election that brought Kassiano Wadri to Parliament.
However, in order to avoid the Arua scenario from recurring in Hoima, police, UPDF, SFC, LDU, ISO and other security agencies have deployed heavily in Hoima municipality.
The Hoima Woman MP Seat fell vacant after Tophace Kaahwa Byagira, the former woman MP opted to represent the newly created Kikuube district that was carved out of Hoima and became operation on July 1, 2019.
Museveni addressed the first rally in Mbaraara village in Kitoba Sub County this morning followed by another rally at Hoima Boma grounds in the afternoon.
Kyagulanyi and other opposition leaders will address their first rally at Parajwoki primary school in the same sub county followed by another rally in Busiisi division, 2 km kilometers from Hoima town in the afternoon.
As a result, there is heavy deployment of Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers, Anti-riot and regular police in Hoima town and its suburbs.
Our Spy in Hoima saw Police and UPDF trucks arriving with officers from as far as Gulu, Lira, Masindi, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi and Mubende districts.
The deployment is visible in Hoima Taxi Park, Kiryatete, Kinubi, Busiisi, Duhaga, Lusaka upper and Kibaati suburbs of Hoima town.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson said that “Security has received intelligence reports indicating that People Power activists are planning to stir chaos in the town center as President Museveni addresses the rally at Hoima Boma grounds on Tuesday afternoon.”
Hakiza said the heavy deployment is meant to prevent chaos in the town center as the president addresses a rally of NRM supporters at Hoima Boma grounds later this year.