The other aspirants are Nkwagabwa John Herbert, Mwesigye Fred and Mwambazi Joseph. This development comes just days after Kyagulanyi, campaigning under the People Power umbrella failed to hold three of his full week scheduled consultation meetings in different parts of the country. These included meetings earlier planned to take place in Gayaza, Gulu, and Lira.
The Electoral Commission is
scheduled to meet four presidential aspirants including Kyadondo East Member of
Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in a bid to reach a
compromise on their consultation programs.
The other aspirants expected in the meeting, due to take place on Thursday, January 9, are Nkwagabwa
John Herbert, Mwesigye Fred and Mwambazi Joseph.
This development comes just
days after Kyagulanyi, campaigning under the People Power umbrella failed to
hold three of his full week scheduled consultation meetings in different parts
of the country. These included meetings earlier planned to take place in
Gayaza, Gulu, and Lira.
Police, citing failure by Kyagulanyi
to adhere to guidelines set out in the Public Order Management Act, on Monday
foiled a planned meeting at Gayaza in Wakiso district. Together with Asuman
Basalirwa, the MP for Bugiri municipality, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala and
other People Power supporters, Kyagulanyi was arrested and detained at Kasangati
Police Station and later transferred to Naggalama in Mukono district.
He later announced the cancellation
of the Gulu meeting that was due yesterday for what he called intimidation of his
supporters by the police and other security agencies. News later emerged that
even the planned meeting in Lira was foiled on the orders of the area Resident
Bobi Wine wondered why the police were stopping him from holding consultations yet he had received a green light
from the Electoral Commission.
EC Spokesperson Jotham Taremwa told
Uganda Radio Network this afternoon that the commission has observed a need to
meet the aspirants to try and reach a compromise between them and the police.
Taremwa said that the commission
is equally disturbed by the nature of consultation that Bobi Wine wants to
carryout saying they run contrary to the law. According to Taremwa, the law
talks about consultations in a secluded area where they are able to have a two-way
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However, he said, what’s
happening is more of campaigns than consultation yet Kyagulanyi is not yet a
presidential candidate. He added that Kyagulanyi, just like other politicians
has overtime mastered the art of exploiting the public to gain sympathy as
police stop illegal activities.
Taremwa added that police are mandated to
enforce laws and that, it can’t just look on when an individual allowed to
consult in restricted areas is instead holding public rallies and processions
that inconvenience other road users.