Police has summoned the Minister of State for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite and former URA commissioner Dickson Kateshumbwa for allegedly organizing unlawful assemblies and processions over the weekend.
Evlyn Anite has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department in Kibuli, while Dickson Kateshumbwa has been called to appear at Rwizi Territorial Police headquarters.
This was revealed by Police spokesperson Fred Enanga during a joint security press briefing in Kampala on Monday.
According to Police, the two and several other aspiring politicians across the country organized processions which is contrary to the existing guidelines regarding public gatherings.
Police says such rallies happened in Koboko, Mbale, Kampala, Bulambuli, Hoima, Budaka, Sheema, Napak and Mitooma districts.
“Despite the Electoral commission issuing clear guidelines in line with the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures set to limit the spread of Covid19, most of the politicians ignored them and went on mobilize and rally their supporters into holding processions and rallies that were illegal,” said Enanga
The joint security forces condemned the acts by political actors and pointed out two parties that is NRM and NUP that were actively involved in having illegal processions.
“Politicians from these two parties organized supporters ranging from hundreds and others thousands and the majority were not adhering to the Covid19 precaution measures,” Enanga said
“They were shouting and chanting on top of their voices which is very dangerous in this period of corona virus and there was total disregard of social distancing as some were seen even hugging.”
He warned the supporters to desist from such risky gatherings.
Enanga specifically pointed out that it was worse in Koboko municipality where Minister Evelyn Anite who is also an incumbent MP for Koboko municipality Evelyn Anite matched with her supporters from Oraba towards Koboko town.
Images were widely shared showing how she organized a procession which had several vehicles, an Ambulance and a music system which was making loud sound as she was campaigning for the coming NRM primaries in which she’s competing with a one Charles Ayume.
“Her supporters donned yellow and displayed posters which is a very wrong form of communication from a minister and for that matter, the officers in that region tracked down the organizers of that event because the Hon. Minister immediately fled to Kampala but we’re going to get her through our CID headquarters here in Kampala,” said Enanga
Meanwhile, Anite’s campaign manager Alemi Marizan was arrested while others escaped.
But Enanga says everyone involved will have to be charged for organizing unlawful and assembly and acting negligently which can cause the spread of Covid19.
Reports indicate that the same was committed by former URA commissioner Dickson Kateshumbwa who is vying for Member of Parliament Sheema Municipality.
Police blocked him and arrested four of his organizers and also issued an arrest for him.
On the other hand, Police has summoned several of its territorial commanders for failure to enforce the law in their areas of jurisdiction.
“Following the disturbing images got from the rallies, the management has summoned all the territorial commanders from these places to report to the police headquarters today to account for their police action for their failure to counter these processions which are illegal and can expose the lives of Ugandans,” said Enanga
“They have been summoned to explain and at the end of the meeting, management will be able to determine those who will be handled for their failures to carry out their police mandate in a responsible manner.” he added