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According to Kyagulanyi, NUP and people power movement supporters are law-abiding citizens and will act within the law.
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The National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, says despite the continuous provocation by the incumbent government, he and his supporters will remain peaceful as they move towards attaining political power through the will of the people.    

Kyagulanyi, who is seen as the main contender to president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made the remarks shortly after being released by security which held him in a police van outside his residence for several hours after his nomination for the 2021 general elections.

The security officers detained the Kyadondo East Member of parliament following his botched attempt to lead a procession of his supporters to the NUP offices in Kamwokya where he was expected to unveil his manifesto detailing NUP’s agenda.  

According to Kyagulanyi, NUP and people power movement supporters are law-abiding citizens and will act within the law.

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Kyagulanyi wondered why the Electoral Commission failed to guide security agencies on how to handled duly nominated presidential, which saw his arrest a short distance from the nomination center.  

He said the conduct of the security forces show that the road to the polling day won’t be easy.  

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Asuman Basalirwa, the JEEMA party president and one of Kyagulanyi’s legal counsel, says the ruling government is trying to narrow the political space by suppressing key opponents from implementing their campaign plans. 

He argued that the manifesto, which they had wanted to launch is critical for the upcoming election and is the social contract between their candidate and the electorate whose mandate they are seeking.  

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Electoral Commission has distanced itself from the fracas following Kyagulanyi’s nomination. Paul Bukenya, the acting EC spokesperson, says they are not familiar with what transpired since they were still conducting nominations.

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In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Police accused Kyagulanyi of scheming to hold illegal processions from Kyambogo to the NUP Headquarters. 

“...we countered due to its negative impact on the flow of Traffic, Public Safety, and Public order. He was forcefully removed from his vehicle, and a fracas ensued in the process of transferring him to the Police Vehicle. He was eventually safely delivered to his home in Magere,” the police statement reads in part.     

The statement notes that whereas all voters have their democratic right to support a candidate of their choice, they should avoid violent confrontations that could spiral out of control between supporters of rival political factions as well as with Law Enforcement Agencies.   


Kyagulanyi has however, rejected the police claims, saying they should have come up with betters to handle him if they though the movement to his office would cause public disorder.

         

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