The charged NUP supporters attempted to block the arrest of the defectors prompting police to fire teargas and live bullets in the air to disperse them before roughing up Alex Ssempijja and Abdul Ssentamu.
broken up a campaign meeting organised by National Unity Platform-NUP
parliamentary candidates in Bukomansimbi district.
evening, NUP candidates for various political positions in Bukomansimbi organized
a joint campaign rally at Kawoko playground in Butenga Sub County where they received
several defectors from the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party.
candidates led by Bukomansimbi Woman MP, Veronica Nanyondo and Bukomansimbi South
parliamentary candidate, Geoffrey Kayemba Solo welcomed the more than ten NRM defectors.
defectors included among others Alex Ssempijja and Abdul Ssentamu, the Bigasa
sub county NRM mobilizers and Diana Nabuuma, the Bukomansimbi District NRM
Student’s Association Secretary.
Led by Ssempijja, the team publicly declared their defection to NUP, before
hitting at their former NRM, which they accused of condoning corruption.
He also took
a swipe at the State Minister for Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi,
the Bukomansimbi District NRM Woman parliamentary candidate, saying she is
unfit for the position.
team of police officers led by Bukomansimbi District Police Commander, Manisur
Sowedi who was listening from a distance didn’t wait for Ssempijja to conclude
the campaign venue to pick him up leading to bitter altercations with NUP
supporters at the rally.
The charged NUP supporters attempted to block the
arrest of the defectors prompting police to fire teargas and live bullets in
the air to disperse them before roughing up Alex Ssempijja and Abdul
Nanyondo, the Bukomansimbi Woman MP described police actions of dispersing
their rally as political persecution by their opponents who intend to instil
fear among their supporters. She argued that they notified Police of their
meeting and received clearance.
//Cue in: “Police twagitegezezza….
Cue out; ….busungu gy’abujje,”//
Fred Kayiira Nyenje, the Bukomansimbi NUP candidate for the LC V Chairperson’s
seat blamed police for accepting to advance political biases by some
candidates who are interested in suffocating alternative voices.
afraid that police will continue to narrow down the political space for opposition
political parties in favour of the NRM.
//Cue in “kino kyekitegeeza….
Cue out; …..ogwo ssi musango.”//
Sowedi, the Bukomansimbi District Police Commander who led the operation to break
up the NUP rally declined to comment on the matter.