The Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has decried the excessive force and brutal arrests of opposition political candidates exhibited by security forces during and after the nominations.
Speaking today at the funeral prayers for the late Muslim scholar Dr Anas Abdboor Kaliisa at Kibuli Mosque, Lukwago said Uganda was current not in an election season but rather at war.
“Uganda is not in an election, but at war. It is countries like the United States that organize and participate in elections where even the incumbent is not sure of the election outcome,” he said.
Museveni, who was the first to be nominated on Monday this week, warned fellow presidential candidates that whoever attempted “to bring chaos will regret it.”
The following day, his (Museveni) strongest challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine was arrested by the police and military and his supporters teargassed immediately after the nomination.
Bobi Wine would later cancel his manifesto launch in Kamwokya which he had prepared to launch after the nomination.
Meanwhile, Lukwago paid his last respects to the fallen Muslim scholar Dr Anas Abdboor Kaliisa, the chairman of Salam Charity Foundation and conveyed deep condolences and sincere sympathies to the bereaved family.
He observed Dr Kaliisa’s enormous contribution towards Islamic values of forgiveness, tolerance, honesty, justice and charity.
Kaliisa died on Wednesday at his home in Kampala.