Several group members claim that they were promised to receive and have full control of the funds by the district leaders after fulfilling all the requirements, but are instead directed to form and register their groups under SACCOs at the Sub-county level.
More than 30 people were been arrested since Wednesday when protests erupted following news of the arrest of NUP Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who is accused of defying guidelines put in place by the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health on controlling the spread of COVID-19, during campaigns.
John Baptist Wamala the head of mobilisers in Mukono municipality says that they fear to be attacked by angry NUP supporters. Wamala wants the government not to be selective in enforcing the covid-19 guidelines during campaigns.
The angry supporters blocked the Kampala-Jinja road in Mukono Central town using burnt car tyres. Some supporters were also seen defacing posters of candidates belonging to the National Resistance Movement-NRM and setting them ablaze.
Peter Ddamulira, a resident at Mukono appeals to police to change the way they handle suspects. “So many people get arrested but they are not charged. They instead coerced to bribe their way out,” he said.
Haji Kamada Ddamba, the Namyoya LC I Chairperson, says residents have been spending sleepless nights to keep watch of their animals. He says some of the residents had almost given up on rearing animals and languishing in poverty because of livestock thieves.
The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson, Luke Owesigire, says the operation was prompted by reports implicating people in the affected areas for selling and smoking drugs.
“Information was received by the top commanders of Mukono Police Divisional Headquarters indicating that there are persons who had made it a daily routine to smoke opium and open bars at Benghazi-Wantoni and Nasuuti areas. Management agreed that an operation be conducted to curb the criminality in those areas, which was done today,” he said.
Unlike the opposition candidates who are campaigning jointly, each NRM candidate is campaigning separately after a series of bickering and wrangles, some of which can be traced to the party primaries held earlier.
About 80 workers who have been serving at Mukono General Hospital prior to its elevation from Health Center IV to a general hospital are now required to sign appointment letters placing them under the district.
Kalembe who was supposed to begin her campaigns in the districts of Jinja, Mayuge, Luuka, Buyende and Kamuli made a surprise appearance at the campaign gathering organised by the NUP in Mukono. The gathering brought together candidates vying for the various political positions, among them, Rev Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, Hanifer Nabukeera, and Betty Nambooze.
Nabibuga is charged with circulating a photo of Hajji Haruna Ssemakula, the NRM candidate for the Mukono LC 5 chairperson’s seat with derogatory statements describing him as a land grabber and persecutor during Wembule operations executed by the then Colonel Elly Kayanja.
William Mule, who was the coordinator of laboratory technicians in Mukono district died on Wednesday morning while being transferred from Kiruddu hospital to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management.
Ritah Nakandi, the Infection Prevention and Control-IPC Focal Person at Mukono General Hospital, says they have severally appealed to the authorities to provide them with sufficient PPE and other related requirements in vain.
The vendors staged demos at 3 points in the market, burning tyres in the middle of the road and blocking vehicles that tend to opt for the route as a way of beating the traffic on the Kampala- Jinja highway.
According to Kibuule, he is dedicated to serving the party and supporting the official candidates. He says the party is currently undertaking the reconciliation process and asks members to be mindful about fellows who are against such peaceful movements.