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Byesige starts Vuvuzela noise city hoot campaign

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    Dr Kizza Besigye yesterday launched the ride-drive-and-hoot campaign by blowing a vuvuzela and driving through parts of the city honking his car horn. The campaign is a supplementary effort of the walk-to-work protests, called by a pressure group to demand that the government responds to the high commodity prices.

    Dr Besigye, who was only able to leave his Kasangati home at about 10am after a siege by the police, launched the new campaign at the High Court and thereafter at the Interparty Cooperation (IPC) offices on Katonga Road.

    Earlier, Dr Besigye had only managed to leave his home after the police extracted assurance from him that he would not alight from his car on the way to “cause crowds.” The FDC leader at exactly 5pm drove his car from near Sheraton Hotel down.

    to City Square as he honked loudly and continuously.
    He then drove through Kampala Road, connected to Jinja Road before heading back to Katonga Road to the offices of the Inter-Party Cooperation, where he had abandoned a meeting to go on the hooting spree.
    The police, who had been trailing him, tried to intercept him at City Square but Dr Besigye had already driven past.
    Yesterday marked the start of the hoot campaign. Unlike in the upper section of the central business district where the response was mute, 5pm in downtown Kampala erupted into noise as shopkeepers blew vuvuzelas while others banged objects in support of the campaign. Mr Mathias Mpuuga, the chairman of the Activists for Change, a pressure group spearheading the campaign, said the initiative had been successful. “The only problem we had is the up-class Kampala residents. You know those are always risk-averse,” he said.
     
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