Byabakama told journalists this evening at the nomination centre which has been set up in Kyambogo that the commission has received reports that several presidential aspirants have mobilized supporters to hold processions to accompany them for nomination.
In the letter, Ochola informs the candidates that they will be picked by police and escorted with lead cars to ensure that their travel is not disrupted. “You will be escorted by Uganda Police Force with a lead traffic vehicle/motorcycle to nomination venue with your team as per Electoral Commission guidelines,” reads Ochola’s letter.
Owoyesigyire says that the suspects were arrested with from car tyres, fuels in jerry cans and drums, bottles and machetes among others. He says that the suspects led police officers to the areas they had kept the exhibits upon interrogation.
Of the 10 candidates that have been cleared for nominations, only they have pinned posters along the Kyambogo Road. They include President Museveni, General Henry Tumukunde, and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Unlike usual operations where only two traffic officers are seen manning the Nalufenya check point, today there are scores of armed Uganda People's’ Defense Forces-UPDF personnel, general duty police officers and field force police unit personnel.
The party has also defied a requirement for COVID-19 testing of all people intending to accompany the candidates to the nomination centre in Kyambogo. The Electoral Commission set a restriction of only ten members for each of the aspirants accessing the venue, and that each of them will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result.
Although the ceremony was peaceful, coloured by prayers and worship, the arrival of politicians sparked disorder, as crowds fought to have a glimpse on them. The politicians included Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, Lands Minister Beti Kamya, and State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi.
Several patients, particularly expectant mothers told trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde that they have been forced to abandon the facility and instead endured a long journey to Gombe Hospital in the neighbouring Butambala district to avoid harassment and extortion.
The suspects, both soldiers affiliated to the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) include Charles Abonga and Solomon Akena Terensio, both residents of Pajok town of Magwi County in the Eastern Equatorial state of South Sudan.
The group is part of the 76 people who were arrested from Kamwokya and Kiyembe during a joint security operation aimed at recovering copies of the army and police uniforms from civilians. But to avoid congestion in the courts, they were split into smaller groups for their bail applications.
According to guidelines issued earlier by the Police, all Presidential aspirants and candidates will not be allowed to hold any processions along the road and will equally, have restricted access to the Central Business District, and all junctions that join the Kampala – Jinja Highway between Spear Motors and Kireka Trading Centre.
The health centre, built-in 1947, serves a population of more than 86,000 people from Ndorwa East constituency and neighbouring Rwanda. The facility currently has 36 members of staff. However, it has only three houses for their to accommodation.
The over 600 pieces of timber are suspected to have been harvested in Nyairongo area in Kikuube district where the land boundaries between the National Forestry Authority, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and the community are in contest.
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The drive which was flagged off on Saturday targets the districts of Gulu, Kitgum, Lamwo and Amuru. Each district will receive 250 kilograms of beans and 500 kilograms of maize flour for distribution to 50 most vulnerable persons identified during the first phase of food distribution. Priority will be given to child-headed families, People Living with HIV and AIDS, vulnerable elderly and Persons With Disabilities.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango defended the police after images started circulating on social media showing men dressed in a replica of the Police Uniform, defacing campaign posters along the Kampala-Entebbe Highway and within the Kampala Central Business District.
Reports indicate that the gangs, made up of boys and girls aged between 17 and 25 have taken over villages in the annexed sub-counties of Bungokho, Mutoto and Bumboi. They are mainly operating in the villages of Magahala, Naloka, Bumboi, Abujimesu, Kidoo, Namattsele, Kidula, Nabisolo and Bumadi.
Police have identified the deceased as Polycarp Lokeris and Lotyang John Bosco Lokurukan, both residents of Komuria in Kaabong district. Polycarp Lokeris was a graduate of engineering from Kyambogo university having completed his bachelor's course from in 2019.