Patrick Oboi Amuriat will not be honoring summons by the Electoral Commission (EC) unless he is compensated for time lost on the campaign trail, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has disclosed.
The Party’s Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi made these remarks yesterday in Budadiri Town Council .
It should be noted that Amuriat together with Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu of the National Unity Platform (NUP) were both invited to a meeting scheduled for December 14 2020 for flouting Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
In the letter by EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Amuriat was faulted for exposing his entourage and supporters to the deadly novel virus by staging mass rallies.
“In the process this has resulted into unwarranted confrontations with security personnel; a case in point at Mbarara on 17th and 18th of November 2020 among others and processions enroute to your campaign venues among others,” it stated.
However while speaking to journalists on Friday, Nandala unequivocally stated that Amuriat would not attend this meeting unless his campaign time is compensated.
“He is not going to go there; it’s the party going to go there. Unless Electoral Commission is saying if he goes off the trail for about three days then they must extend the election by three days. If it is not fixed, he will not go. It is the party which will go,” he vowed.
Even then, Nandala faulted EC for jumping protocol by addressing the letter to Amuriat saying it should have been FDC to take charge of such issues.
“He (Amuriat) is the property of FDC.Right now he is on the campaign trail and on this campaign trail, it is very clear we are following the rules. Whoever is accusing must tell us what has happened,” he added.
This is not the first time that the Party is being put on the spot for breaching campaign guidelines.
Last Week, Amuriat was charged for disobeying lawful orders after a Boda Boda which was ferrying him knocked Mbarara District Police Commander (DPC) John Rutagira on December 2, 2020.
Rutagira was purportedly trying to obstruct him from holding a procession in Mbarara City.