FDC’s Francis Mwijukye, who is the Buhweju County MP and head of the campaign task force of Party Presidential Candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat; has dragged the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to the Kampala High Court for interfering with the party’s electoral process.
The Police Force recently ordered the leading opposition party presidential candidates to hold their rallies indoors, arguing that the election will be by delegates, and not the general public.
“For that matter, there shall be no public rallies, nor processions in those areas of your campaign,” the letter signed by AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi on behalf of the Kayihura read in part.
In his application filed Tuesday afternoon through his lawyers of Sewankambo and Co Advocates, Mwijukye asked for a court declaration that the IGP has not powers to issue any directive barring FDC presidential aspirants from conducting public rallies.
He also wants Court to hold the IGP responsible for the damage of property and injuries which were suffered by the people in various places when Police was enforcing that the directive.
On top of this, Mwijukye wants an injunction barring the IGP from issuing other communications of this nature, which he says contravene the constitution, the Public Order Management ACT and the Political Parties Act.
In the affidavit in support of this application, Mwijukye says that on 11th August 2017, the FDC Deputy Secretary General wrote to the IGP, who replied on 23rd August 2017 asking them for their cooperation to have successful campaigns.
But, according to Mwijukye, when his candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat started his campaigns Police disrupted, cancelled and interfered with the exercise in areas like Rukungiri, Lira, Kampala, Gulu among others, even when the campaign had complied with all requirements provided for in the law.
Addressing press after filing this petition Mwijukye pointed out that they want IGP to come and explain what interest he has in their Parties internal elections to the extent of allowing other candidates to carry out successful campaigns while denying others.
“Some candidates like (incumbent Gen Mugisha) Muntu were allowed to campaign successfully in Ntungamo and Mbarara where while others were not granted chance. His role stops at policing and providing security in a nonpartisan manner.”
However, according to the Police directive, Candidate Amuriat’s campaign seemed to extend into other issues such as the age limit campaign, which is not part of the party election.
The applicants are expected to serve both the Attorney General and IGP as soon as possible so that the Registrar may fix this matter for hearing.