Parliamentary candidate nominees in Makindye
division, are illegally campaigning before the official Electoral Commission roadmap is
At least five parliamentary candidates have been
holding campaigns after being nominated on 15th and 16th
October 2020 without permission or clearance from the EC.
In the Last 24 hours the opposition candidates have
been the hardest hit with the police indefinitely deploying at their offices
located in Mubaraka zone.
These include; Bosco Lusagala of the Democratic Party
(DP). Allan Aloysius Sewanyana, of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Farouk
Ntege, an Independent candidate. Other candidates Kassim Kyazze of the Alliance
for National Transformation and Achilles Lubega of the National Resistance
Movement (NRM) have also been seen holding processions and rallies on Saturday and
hosting hundreds at their offices in Makindye division.
Bosco Lusagala of the Democratic Party (DP) says
government is trying to suppress opposition leaders in Makindye, yet the NRM
party members are left to campaign in the open.
He says he will continue campaigning ahead of the 2021 elections.
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the NRM card flag bearer says he cannot wait as his opponents are canvassing
for votes while the electoral commission and police look on. He has dispatched
his teams to hold small group door to door campaigns as he waits for the
But Paul Bukenya,
the EC Acting spokesperson says the enforcement along with police is
being boosted and the candidates have to wait for green light.
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According to the EC
parliamentary campaigns start on 20th October 2020 after the
campaign timetables have been finalised.
Police accused the opposition politicians of
breaching the EC laws, COVID-19 guidelines and disobeying lawful orders.
Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police
spokesperson says all the candidates have been nominated by the EC, but are not
allowed to hold group campaigns and have to wait for the EC campaign plan for
all parliamentary candidates.
Onyango says Police is going to intensify deployment
to stop politicians campaigning illegally before the Electoral Commission
(EC) guidelines are out.
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While campaigns for parliamentary candidates are scheduled to start on October 20, those for presidential candidates are scheduled to commence on
EC says the 2021
general election will take place between January 10 and February 8.