Uganda police stops opposition food aid distribution with tear gas, 2 injured

KAMPALA-leader Kizza An attempt to distribute relief food aid on Wednesday by Ugandan firebrand opposition Besigye was thwarted by police who fired tear gas to disperse aid recipients leaving at least two injured.

Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party drove bags of food to famine-hit Toroma County in the Katakwi District of eastern Uganda, only to be told by police that they were not consulted, local media Daily Monitor reported.

“We are not sure of the safety of food, so it’s worth examining it before given out,” East Kyoga regional police commander Francis Tumwesigye told the media after the police fired tear gas at dozens of disappointed aid recipients.

Besigye said on his Twitter page that the “visibly hungry” aid recipients were jubilant at their arrival until the police quickly changed the situation.

Toroma and Magoro were to be recipients of relief food donated by FDC. Many people were visibly hungry. Police tear-gassed and dispersed them!,” he said, describing the action as police brutality.

Source: Angola Press News Agency