Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has taken the Inspector General of police Kale Kayihura to court for interfering with the party presidential campaigns.
Buhweju county MP Francis Mwijukye, in an application filed at High Court in Kampala, seeks for a restraining order against Kayihura from further disorganising and cancelling public rallies scheduled for their presidential candidates.
Last week, AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi issued a statement on behalf of Kayihura banning public rallies and processions and directing FDC officials to hold their meetings indoors.
Through his lawyers of Sewankambo and Co Advocates, Mwijukye asked court to declare that Kayihura has no powers to issue any directive barring FDC presidential aspirants from conducting public rallies.
He further accused the police chief of damaging property and injuring their supporters during clashes at different rallies, contravening the Public Order Management ACT and the Political Parties Act.
He says while FDC candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat has on several occasions notified the IGP of the candidate’s campaign programme, police continues to block their rallies.
He cited cases of Rukungiri, Lira, Gulu and Kampala districts, among others yet the presidential elections are scheduled for November 24, 2017.
Court Registrar Sarah Langa has received their complaint and directed Mwijukye to go and serve the same to the IGP and the Attorney General.
Amuriat is facing off with party President (Rtd) Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Moses Byaruhanga and Dan Matsiko Malcom. Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga stepped down in favour of Amuriat.