Police in Jinja Thursday blocked Presidential hopeful John Katumba from addressing a rally in Jinja town.
Katumba, who said he stopped in Jinja to have lunch, was escorted out of the City until he crossed the Nile bridge.
Police say he is expected in Jinja today, Friday, and not yesterday.
For better part of Thursday, Katumba engaged police in running battles with police after being blocked from addressing his supporters first in Iganga town and then Jinja town.
Katumba started with a procession along Iganga Main street.
Police quickly blocked his vehicle.
He jumped out and dashed away to the market, forcing his Electoral Commission escorts and police officers to run after him.
Police led by Kenneth Muheirwe, the Iganga DPC arrested Katumba before escorting him out of Iganga town.
Out of town, Katumba’s next stop over was at Bugembe where he told residents that once voted into power, he will build schools (Primary, Secondary and University) to improve the Education system and Education will be free of charge.
He promised to increase the sugarcane prices such that the growers can also improve on their standards of living.
At lunchtime, Katumba made his way into Jinja city.
He later drove to Jinja Central Business Area and again jumped out of his vehicle.
Police led by the in-charge of the Jinja city police station, Moses Kamomo, arrested Katumba again and directed him to return to his vehicle.
Katumba insisted he was trying to book cheap hotel rooms for his entourage.
He cited downtown areas like Obote Way and Spire Road.
“They threw me out of Igaga town where I was supposed to hold my campaign. I came to Jinja to have something to eat because Jinja is my next destination,” he is quoted by media as saying.
“However, even in Jinja, the moment they saw me, you saw what happened. Me, am of a view that we can’t afford this situation having encountered it. If police is one-sided then I don’t know what to do because if it was another party it would be different. Even in Arua it was also a tug of war.”
Police forcefully escorted Katumba out of Jinja town through the Nile Bridge.
Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga is quoted by media as saying:
“Independent Presidential candidate, John Katumba is very unpredictable and reckless. You find him jumping out of the vehicle and running around to meet members of the public and that’s very dangerous. He needs to put himself in order.”