Last Updated on: 15th December 2021, 01:43 pm
“Need for peaceful by-elections”—Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party is demanding.
Oyam—15, December 2021: State security forces on Tuesday took charge of Kayunga district and surrounding locale to secure a better and comfortable ambiance for the ruling party chair, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Museveni, who is also Uganda’s president since 1986, was in Kayunga to campaign for the NRM LC5 flag bearer, Andrew Muwonge. The latter’s main challenger is Harriet Nakwedde of National Unity Platform (NUP).
Earlier in the day and throughout the whole day, security team who were on the ground to secure the area faced [confronted] jubilant opposition groups, leaders leading to ‘minor injuries’ and hospitalization.
To mention but a few, leaders like MP Francis Zaake and candidate Nakwedde got injured.
Parties, leaders issue condemnation
On Wednesday, UPC ‘joined’ FDC party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) national coordinator Mugisha Muntu, and Dr. Kizza Besigye to condemn the Kayunga political crisis.
“The local government council campaigns for by-elections that started early this month ended yesterday 14th December 2021. Campaigns have been going on well and as a party, we have not received any complaints from our flag bearers in those respective areas where by-elections are going to be held across the country,” UPC’s spokesperson, Arach Oyat Sharon said in a press statement to TND News.
Arach added, “The yesterday incidents that resulted in the clash between the security operatives and one of the candidates for LCV Chairperson of Kayunga district that left some people injured, is very unfortunate!”
“UPC strongly condemns any acts of violence; before, during and after elections, as well as unlawful means of conduct by any individuals. Let us all participate in democratic practices as we build the kind of democracy this country deserves.”
Thursday [tomorrow] is the day for polling and tallying of results for elections of district chairperson and other local government councils in the by-elections.
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“UPC appeals for peaceful, free and fair election process, which calls for overall transparency at all levels of elections. The stakeholders need to collectively come in and play a positive role so as to enable the Independent Electoral Commission to fulfill its constitutional mandate.”
FDC’s Oboi on Kayunga
“Torture of @ZaakeFrancis, Nakwedde, NUP members and home imprisonment of @HEBobiwine a clear sign that under @NRMOnline dictatorship democracy does not work. @FDCOfficial1 condemns this brutality. We must unite to take back our country,” Oboi wrote on Twitter.
Besigye on Bobi Wine’s home siege
“We condemn this blatant abuse of Human Rights in the strongest terms possible. This won’t stop until we stop it. @redcard_ug.”
Muntu on regime, Kayunga
“The actions of Gen Museveni and his regime against candidate Harriet Nakwedde of NUP Kayunga & leaders of NUP are shameful & repugnant. The rot deepens. The inevitable draws closer.”