The army and police have been deployed heavily in Entebbe
Municipality in anticipation of protests following Monday’s Mayoral elections.
Protests broke out on Monday after independent candidate Fabris
Rulinda was declared the winner with 6,703 votes. In the second position was
National Resistance Movement-NRM’s Mutebi with 6,342 votes. Kayanja, in third
place, got 5,576 votes, followed by Nassuna with 2,499 votes and
Ssimbwa got 45 votes. Also, former Entebbe Municipality MP Kawuma got 521 votes
and Muwonge scored 13 votes.
However, Kayanja and Mutebi’s supporters protested the results and
accused the Electoral; Commission of alleged vote-rigging. During the protests,
the LC Chairman of Katabi-Kitubulu village in Entebbe Eric Kyeyune was shot
Since then, tensions in the municipality have been high forcing the
heavy deployment of security personnel.
Several security officers, in uniform and plainclothes, have been
deployed in almost all public places such as the Works ministry playground
opposite Entebbe Central Market, Old Kampala Road, Entebbe-Kampala highway
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that the
deployment follows reports of planned protests by a section of residents.
However, some of the DP supporters condemn the heavy deployment. Assumpta
Maria Nakamya, the Municipal Councillor for Katabi-Busambaga says soldiers
should be professional and steer clear of politics.
"The deployment in the municipality is too much because they
think we are going to riot. No. We will hold peaceful protests until Kayanja is
declared the winner," Nakamya says.
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Robinah Namwanje, a resident of Entebbe says that the deployment
has made it difficult for the business community to operate smoothly.
"I pray that this issue is resolved soon. Otherwise, Entebbe
is now like a battlefield. People even fear their shadows because soldiers are
Ssali Magwa, the spokesperson DP in Entebbe, says the Electoral
Commission must review the declaration because the tally centre was surrounded
by soldiers when Musinguzi declared the results.