National Resistance Movement-NRM party aspirants in Ntungamo
district are accusing security officials of selectively enforcing the COVID-19
The aspirants particularly accuse the Gombolola internal security officers
(GISOs) of blocking their meetings with supporters and allowing the incumbents
to hold public gatherings.
In June, the Electoral Commission-EC announced a ban on open-air campaigns,
in the wake of coronavirus disease. Political aspirants were asked
to utilize virtual platforms to reach their constituents.
Yona Musiguzi Bikwasizehi, one of the aspirants, says that
GISOs allow some incumbents to meet big crowds but block and disperse their
rivals. He says that the security personnel should be impartial to all aspiring
candidates while enforcing the guidelines.
According to Musinguzi, he was stopped from meeting his supporters in Kikoni
ward Central Division.
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Agnes Ninsiima Kaana, another aspirant says that the security
personnel should not selectively apply the directives because they will cause
disunity in the party.
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However, Beatrice Rwakimari, Ntungamo Woman Member of Parliament, one of the incumbents being accused, denied the allegations that she is
being favoured by the security personnel. She says that the aspirants should wait until they have been nominated.
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Maria Mirembe, the Ntungamo District NRM Registrar, denied the
accusations but says that the office is investigating the complaints. She asked
aspirants to practice mature politics and focus on promoting the NRM manifesto.
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George Bakunda, Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner, says that
the security personnel have been warned against engaging in partisan politics.