KAMPALA- The Uganda Police have condemned the actions of two presidential candidates Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriati for causing violence in the city during their nomination at Kyambogo university grounds.
According to the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, the two acted in defiance of the Electoral Commission guidelines on processions and rallies.
This was after Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert and Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat were involved in violent running battles with the Joint Security Teams, following disagreements on their movement plans.
“Hon. Amuriat defied the traffic flow plan agreed upon from his home in Najjera to Kyambogo and he instead opted to proceed to Najjanankumbi to lead a delegation of over 2000 supporters in total disregard of the Electoral and Health Standatd Operating Procefures, however, he was safely transported to Kyambogo”. Enanga said in a 2 page statement issued today November 3rd.
Enanga said that although Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu, initially cooperated with the escorting team from Magere, he was delayed by several hold-ups along the way, due to the many mobilized supporters along his prescribed route.
“After his successful nomination, he had similar plans of holding illegal processions from Kyambogo to Kamwokya NUP Headquarters, which we countered due to its negative impact on the flow of Traffic, Public Safety and Public order” The Police Spokesman said.
He was forcefully removed from his vehicle, and a fracas ensued in the process of transferring him to the Police Vehicle, but he was eventually safely delivered to his home in Magere.
“We strongly condemn the tactics used by the two opposition figures, since such acts of defiance only bring greater violence such as lawlessness and violence against Law Enforcement Personnel and other Ugandans”. He said.
Enanga also noted that the actions perpetuated by Amuriat and Kyagulanyi encourages the spread of the coronavirus and he warned all individual actors and groups that intend to use political processions and unregulated rallies, to show their level of public support should stop and instead adopt better campaign strategies in line with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines against Coronavirus pandemic.
“We thank all the other Presidential Candidates who complied fully with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines urged all voters to know that it is their democratic right to support a candidate of their own choice and they should therefore, avoid violent confrontations that could spiral out of control between supporters of rival political factions as well as with the Law Enforcement Agencies” Enanga said.
Enanga said that the Police and other Security Agencies shall continue to attend to all forms of political violence and apply the laws against anyone promoting conflict within the Electoral Laws aks also further ensure all Presidential Candidates follow the logical procedures led by the Electoral Commission.
“Plans have been put in place to effectively address groups that decide to act unlawfully”. He warned.
He said that so far today’s operations have led to the arrest of 49 suspects actively involved in demonstrations around Kiseka Market, Mini Price, Kisasi, Ntinda, Najjanankumbi and Nakasozi Buddo and are in Custody.
“An identified male who attempted to return an exploded teargas canister seriously injured his fingers after it exploded in his hands and in addition 3 security personnel and 4 civilians were seriously injured in the fracas while two police vehicles were damaged in the process”. He said.
Enanga said that the Police are aware that several political leaders and activists are using media as a tool for campaigns; they should therefore guard against deliberate acts of misinformation and conspiracies, but instead report objectively, fairly and in a balanced manner.
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