Unidentified people have defaced the campaigns
posters of aspirants eyeing the NRM party ticket for the Katikamu North
Parliamentary and Luweero District LC 5 Chairperson’s seats as the race heats
According to revised National Resistance Movement road map,
the campaigns for election of candidates for Members of Parliament run between
August 21st and to Sept 8th, 2020 whereas for LC 5
Chairperson candidates run between August 10th -27th this year.
The Electoral Commission roadmap show that campaigns for LC 5 Chairperson candidates will begin
on September 28th to Jan 8th, 2021 whereas for the MPs will run from
Oct 20th to January 8th, 2021. Although the official NRM Party or
Electoral Commission campaigns are yet to begin, several aspirants in Luweero
have already pinned up posters to popularise their candidature.
However, unknown people have defaced
the posters of several aspirants for the Katikamu North Parliamentary and
Luweero LC 5 Chairperson seat leaving them crying foul. The most
affected are the incumbent Katikamu North MP, Abraham James Byandala, his main
rival for the NRM ticket, Gaddafi Nasur and their DP counterpart, Charles
Others are Vincent Ssebayiga, Abbey Ssozi
Bakisuula and Disan Kikabi who are eyeing the LC 5 Chairperson seat among
others. Sam Mulwana, the Chief campaigner of MP Abraham Byandala, says
they have so far managed to pin over 7000 posters across the entire
constituency to remind voters about their candidate ahead of the NRM primaries.
He however, says hundreds of
posters have been removed majorly from Luweero town but they are yet to
establish those behind the criminal act and their motive.
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Isma Nasur, a campaigner for Gaddafi Nasur, says that they
have decided to deploy vigilantes to arrest the people behind defacing
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Charles Ssebyala, one of the aspirants whose
posters have also been defaced, says he received information indicating that
his rivals deployed a group of youths to deface his posters to cut short his
growing popularity. Ssebyala says that he has also deployed vigilantes
to arrest some of the youths if they attempt to repeat their act.
Disan Kikabi, who is eyeing the NRM party ticket for the
Luweero LC V Chairperson seat also accuses his Abbey Ssozi Bakisuula of
resorting to defacing his posters after learning of his popular support. He however,
says this will not deter him from mobilizing voters and marketing his ideas.
Abbey Ssozi counter accuses his rivals of defacing his
posters in Busika, Zirobwe, Vumba and Luwero towns. Ssozi explained that
he has so far lost over 1000 posters but is ready to replace them and move on.
Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson,
says that although defacing a campaign poster is illegal, the aspirants have
also committed a crime by pinning them before the official campaign periods.
says they are hunting for those pinning up the posters to face the law for
breaching electoral guidelines