Moses Katungi was picked up On Tuesday after he blocked Basajjabalaba and top NRM leaders from staging a campaign rally at Hakikona village in Mazinga Parish in Bushenyi Municipality.
Police have arrested and released a prominent FDC supporter in Bushenyi for allegedly attempting to block a campaign rally of Nasser Basajjabalaba, the NRM candidate for the Ishaka Municipality MP by elections. Moses Katungi was picked up On Tuesday after he blocked Basajjabalaba and top NRM leaders from staging a campaign rally at Hakikona village in Mazinga Parish in Bushenyi Municipality.
Mutungi, who was backed by other voters, blocked Nasser Basajjabalaba from holding campaigns in the area accusing him of making empty promises to the voters in the previous elections. It is alleged that during the February elections Basajjabalaba promised to extend electricity to the area amongst other pledges but nothing has been done yet. The standoff prompted Bashir Siriba, the Bushenyi District Police Commander to order the arrest of Katungi for disrupting a lawful campaign rally.
Siriba explains to URN that police decided to intervene because Mazinga Ward is a known trouble spot during campaigns. According to Siriba, several people were injured in Mazinga ward when clashes broke out in the previous elections after Basajjabalaba was roughed up during campaigns. Shortly after police restored calm, Basajjabalaba addressed a campaign rally under tight police security. He warned against the intimidation of his supporters and vowed to deal with those involved.
His rival Tayebwa Odo, the FDC candidate accused NRM supporters at a separate campaign rally at Rwatukwire primary school of harassing his supporters for refusing to denounce him. Odo however asked his supporters to stay calm and remain peaceful despite the attempts by their NRM rivals to silence them. The Ishaka parliamentary by elections are scheduled to be held on June 13, 2012. The seat fell vacant after the court of appeal nullified the election of Basajjabalaba of allegations of electoral malpractices and voter bribery.