They argue that the security personnel are partisan by siding with the National Resistance Movement-NRM Party. They also accuse the Electoral Commission of failing to take charge of the whole electoral process.
Elders and Opinion Leaders in Bunyoro sub-region have faulted
security personnel and the Electoral Commission for fueling election violence.
Speaking during a dialogue on Managing Tensions and Promoting Dialogue among
Parties in Elections at Hotel Buffalo in Hoima City, they argue that the
security personnel are partisan by siding with the National Resistance
Movement-NRM Party. They also accuse the Electoral Commission of failing to
take charge of the whole electoral process.
Kobusinge, a woman leader in Hoima East Division in City says had it not been
police or the army brutalizing Ugandans who want to
access Presidential candidates at campaign venues, last month's riots across
the country would not have happened.
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Benon Tusingwuire, an Elder from Kikuube district says that
security personnel who were involved in brutalizing innocent Ugandans should be
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Yolam Nsamba, the former Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister
says Uganda’s Democracy has been abused by the security forces. He says
that there is a need to rein in on the security personnel or else acts of
violence will persist.
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Annet Kugonza, a youth leader in Hoima East Division says police
and other security forces have openly engaged in
politics yet they are supposed to be non-partisan.
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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says
police is sometimes forced to use excessive force because some of the rioters are armed with dangerous weapons like iron bars, knives, Pangas
among others which compels the police to protect themselves from being attacked.
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Hakiza has however called for dialogue among the elders, religious leaders and the youths to find avenues of collectively resolving acts of violence across the country.