Police in Mukono District is unbothered by politicians organizing
processions and big gatherings during the campaigns.
In June, the Electoral Commission banned all mass gatherings as a
means of curbing the spread of COVID-19. All candidates are expected
to campaign through various forms of media, wear face masks at various campaign
venues and their supporters are supposed to practice social distancing.
However, the police in the district have continued to look on as supporters and the candidates fail to observe the guidelines.
Candidates who started their campaigns especially in rural areas make
processions through the central town and trading centers before and after
Candidates attracting big gatherings include Betty Nambooze, Rev Peter Bakaluba
Mukasa who is vying the LCV position, Abdullah Kiwanuka in Mukono North,
Kafeero Ssekitoleeko and Fred Ssimbwa in Nakifuma and Margret Nakavubu the NRM
District Woman MP flag bearer.
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke
Owoyesigire says police
has tried to cooperate with politicians to have safe campaigns but some do not
adhere to the guidelines.
“We are also facing a challenge of whether we should make it difficult for politicians
to organize campaigns. We are still monitoring some others who move in groups and go on
campaigning for each other and end up with big numbers at campaign grounds.”
Owesigire warns that police will continue to disperse gatherings whenever the politicians
and their supporters flout the guidelines.
Kiwanuka, the NUP candidate for the Mukono North seat says that
they can’t do much to stop their supporters from converging where ever they go.
He, however, says that they encourage them to wear face masks and practice social
John Kyebatala an Independent parliamentary candidate for Nakifuma County says that
he will continue with his planned campaign whether or not he adheres to the SOPs.
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Another candidate Fred Kayondo competing on the DP ticket for Mukono South says much as they always advise their supporters to put on face
masks, some of the measures put up are intended to scare away their supporters.