Police have accused opposition MP candidates of flouting electoral rules during this Thursday’s nomination, prompting arrests.
“There are candidates who were trying to defy the Electoral Commission (EC) guidelines of moving in two cars and for them they were travelling in a procession of motorcycles and motor vehicles,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango.
“Notably, they are Hon Ssemujju Nganda of Kira Municipality, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West, Hon. Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality, Hon. Kato Lubwama of Lubaga South, Hannington Wakayima Musoke, a candidate in Nansana Municipality, Mr Farouk Ntege in Makindye Division and Mr Mathias Mulumba, candidate for Kawempe North.”
The opposition has since condemned the arrests, saying they were aimed at humiliating the candidates.
The politicians were arrested after being nominated.
Police said they were “handled professionally.”
Today marks the start of the two-day exercise of nomination of candidates for Parliamentary Elections 2021.
The nominations are conducted at the respective district/city headquarters in all the 146 districts/cities across the country, starting at 9:00am till 5:00pm on each day.
Onyango said over 15 motor vehicles which were part of Hon Ssemujju’s convoy were impounded and parked at Nansana Police Station.
Hon Ssewanyana and Ntege are being held at Katwe Police Station. Hon. Ssewanyana is being held with over 31 of his supporters.
In Kisekka Market, Onyango said a “group of youth attacked our joint security team, who were on normal routine patrol in that area, by pelting them with stones.”
He said the violent youth damaged a military vehicle which compelled security forces to respond with teargas.
Some eyewitnesses said the military police manhandled traders selling opposition group People Power’s Red Berets.
Four suspects were arrested and detained at CPS Kampala over today’s violence in downtown Kampala.