According to the candidates, various cases of electoral mal-practices involving ballot stuffing, voter intimidation, and arrest of National Unity Platform-NUP polling agents have been reported in Bbaale, Kayonza, Kitimbwa, Kangurumira, Nazigo, and Kayunga sub-counties.
Among those arrested is Daily Monitor Journalist, Michael Kakumirizi who had traveled to spend a night at Kayunga but was picked upon arrival, Julius Mutebi, the Mayor Kira Municipality, and Nakwede’s campaign manager, Ben Kyobe.
During a meeting with candidates and their agents on Wednesday, the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, said that to avoid violence only two agents of the candidates will be allowed at each polling station and two will access the tally center.
On Tuesday, security personnel fired live bullets and teargas to disperse hundreds of NUP supporters in Kayunga Town Council who were protesting the cancelation of the final campaigns of Harriet Nakwede.
About land wrangles Museveni reveals learning that NRM leaders such as Moses Kaliisa Karangwa and the candidate are fueling some of the wrangles. He praised the District Woman Member of Parliament Idah Erios Nantaba, for following up the process of titles, securing land titles for 1,000 residents.
Harriet Nakwede, the NUP candidate for the Kayunga LC V Chairperson seat, accuses police of impounding her sound truck to sabotage her final campaigns fearing the presence of her Party principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Ssempala Kigozi, the Kayunga Resident District Commissioner-RDC notes that the deployment is intended to maintain stability in the by-election and secure the President’s visit to the district today to drum support for the NRM candidate, Andrew Muwonge.
According to Bishop Ssebaggala, leadership comes from God and is never bought advising those intending to secure votes through splashing money to instead invest it in development projects benefiting the entire country.
As they start their campaigns, the candidates messages to the electorate are centred around resolving the challenges that have characterised Kayunga over the years. One of the key issues is the decade long fight between the NRM District Chairperson Moses Karangwa and the Woman Member of Parliament Idah Nantaba.
The race attracted six candidates including Andrew Muwonge of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, Harriet Nakwede of the National Unity Platform-NUP, Anthony Waddimba from the Democratic Party-DP and independent candidates; Boniface Bandikubi, Majid Nyanzi and Jamil Kamoga. They are all seeking to replace Feffeka Serubogo, who died just months after taking office.
The EC Public Relations Officer Paul Bukenya says they have cautioned candidates against holding campaigns and processions before December 2, but to their surprise police has relaxed on the enforcement role which has given the NRM candidate Andrew Muwonge opportunity to stage procession immediately after his nomination.
Nyanzi’s decision to contest for the LCV seat has attracted criticism, especially from the National Resistance Movement-NRM party members. They accuse him of intentionally disrupting Andrew Muwonge, the NRM flag bearer.