Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate has become a drum and training punch bag for security forces.
Patrick Amuriat Oboi aka the barefooted villager is a target of police wherever he goes on his campaign trail.
On Friday, police of Adjumani district fired teargas in Pakele and Adjumani town councils to disperse his supporters upon arrival.
Godwill Ochaki, the Adjumani district police commander (DPC) said Amuriat was not supposed to wave at his supporters who had gathered to cheer him up by the road side.
Ochaki argued that instead, Amuriat was supposed to proceed straight to his rally venue without attracting crowds along the way.
But amidst the teargas, the FDC supporters followed Amuriat up to the venue where he addressed them at Pakele town council headquarters before proceeding to Cesia primary school playground in Adjumani town council.
While addressing his supporters, Amuriat noted that everywhere they have gone to campaign, they have been welcomed by teargas.
Amuriat didn’t lose his morale and pushed on to Ambelekyu Village Odravu SC, Yumbe District on Saturday.
“Musema adru ine Alinga nduluse”, meaning “Let Musema Be there for Alinga”, he told voters.
Musema Bruce is the FDC MP aspirant for Alinga South Constituency in Yumbe district.
According to Kizza Besigye’s aide Ronald Muhinda, this Villager will go a distance in search of Villagers to preach to them a liberation message.
He will climb hills, withstand teargas, cross impassable rivers because POA has made a decision to carry all our burdens on his shoulders.
It’s from these villages that he starts the difficult journey to BUILDING A NEW UGANDA.
“Break all barriers POA. You are walking in the footsteps of heroes,” Muhinda noted.
On Wednesday, police officers on his security detail complained of attacks by their Field Force Police (FFP) colleagues.
The officers say they have become victims of teargas, water cannons and other forms of brutality from their counterparts deployed to break up Amuriat’s rallies.
On Wednesday, the officers were teargassed by dozens of Field Force Police-FFP personnel from Gulu central police station while struggling to quell down rowdy FDC supporters who were holding a procession through Gulu city.
The FFP officers threw teargas at the presidential candidate as members of his security detail tried to shield him.
Some of the police guards who are from the Counter-Terrorism Unit were overheard shouting on top of their voices at their colleagues to direct the teargas elsewhere but all in vain.