Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development Hon Frank Tumwebaze has called on the security agencies to stop engaging opposition political candidates that flout the set Covid 19 guidelines.
The minister fears the constant running battles with the opposition candidates helps them by affording them undue attention.
As per the Electoral Commission guidance, all candidates are supposed to hold small rallies not exceeding 70 attendants. They are also prohibited from holding mass processions.
Police however, has severally been accused of foiling only the opposition rallies while allowing those of the NRM candidates.
Commenting today about the clash with police and supporters of FDC presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat in Jinja where police used teargas to disperse them, Tumwebaze said it was time for the police to take a step back.
“What if u left those political actors?” He wondered”
“You are making them big issues when they aren’t and undue advantage of sympathy. They enjoy it. Their game is to keep u in those altercations as they enjoy unceasing media attention..Get another policing option,” he said.
It should be noted that conversely, the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba yesterday lambasted Police for ignoring NRM candidates who break the EC guidelines.
By doing so, Lumumba said Police imply that they want the NRM candidates and supporters to catch the virus.
She further called on the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to fire the officers who ignore the difiant NRM candidates.