The EC Public Relations Officer Paul Bukenya says they have cautioned candidates against holding campaigns and processions before December 2, but to their surprise police has relaxed on the enforcement role which has given the NRM candidate Andrew Muwonge opportunity to stage procession immediately after his nomination.
The Electoral Commission-EC has blamed police for
assisting the National Resistance Movement-NRM party conduct a big procession
in the district before the official campaigning date in the Kayunga LC5 by-election.
EC started nomination of candidates vying for the
office of LC5 chairperson in Kayunga to replace Ffeffeka Sserubogo who passed on
a month after taking office. The exercise started yesterday is ending today
The EC Public Relations Officer Paul Bukenya says
they have cautioned candidates against holding campaigns and processions before
December 2, but to their surprise police has relaxed on the enforcement role
which has given the NRM candidate Andrew Muwonge an opportunity to proceed a
procession immediately after his nomination.
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Much as Muwonge pledged before the Kayunga Returning
Officer Jenipher Kyobutungi to respect the electoral guidelines, immediately
after his nomination he has holding processions, and planning meeting at the Mayor’s
garden before traversing the entire district.
URN has witnessed police guiding traffic to create path
for the illegal procession. At Gayaza-Jinja-Kayunga junction, traffic has been brought to a
standstill for about 40minutes.
On Monday, police fired teargas to disperse
and also divert bodaboda riders who had convened a procession to escort Harriet
Nakwede of the National Unity Platform after her nomination.
APolice also stopped Anthony Waddimba, the Democratic Party candidate’s
procession from entering the district at Bukolooto. Waddimba
is dismayed that police have chosen to take sides at the beginning of the
election process, wondering what will happen at the voting day.
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Ssezibwa Regional Police Commander, Jamiir Kanyesigye
has declined to say anything about the illlegal procession despite his being on the ground
monitoring the situation.
“I have no comment over that” Kenyesigye has noted.
Meanwhile, six candidates have been nominated to
contest for the position of Kayunga LC5 chairperson. They are Harriet
Nakwede (NUP), Anthony Waddimba (DP), Andrew Muwonge (NRM), Majid Nyanzi, Boniface
Bandikubi and Jamiir Kamoga (Independent).