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Isma Nasur, a campaigner for Gaddafi Nasur, says that they have decided to deploy vigilantes to arrest the people behind defacing their posters.
Some of the posters defaced along Africa Guest House road

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Unidentified people have defaced the campaigns posters of aspirants eyeing the NRM party ticket for the Katikamu North Parliamentary and Luweero District LC 5 Chairperson’s seats as the race heats up.  

According to revised National Resistance Movement road map, the campaigns for election of candidates for Members of Parliament run between August 21st and to Sept 8th, 2020 whereas for LC 5 Chairperson candidates run between August 10th -27th this year.  

The Electoral Commission roadmap show that campaigns for LC 5 Chairperson candidates will begin on September 28th to Jan 8th, 2021 whereas for the MPs will run from Oct 20th to January 8th, 2021. Although the official NRM Party or Electoral Commission campaigns are yet to begin, several aspirants in Luweero have already pinned up posters to popularise their candidature.  

 

However, unknown people have defaced the posters of several aspirants for the Katikamu North Parliamentary and Luweero LC 5 Chairperson seat leaving them crying foul. The most affected are the incumbent Katikamu North MP, Abraham James Byandala, his main rival for the NRM ticket, Gaddafi Nasur and their DP counterpart, Charles Ssebyala.

Others are Vincent Ssebayiga, Abbey Ssozi Bakisuula and Disan Kikabi who are eyeing the LC 5 Chairperson seat among others. Sam Mulwana, the Chief campaigner of MP Abraham Byandala, says they have so far managed to pin over 7000 posters across the entire constituency to remind voters about their candidate ahead of the NRM primaries.

He however, says hundreds of posters have been removed majorly from Luweero town but they are yet to establish those behind the criminal act and their motive.

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Isma Nasur, a campaigner for Gaddafi Nasur, says that they have decided to deploy vigilantes to arrest the people behind defacing their posters.       

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Charles Ssebyala, one of the aspirants whose posters have also been defaced, says he received information indicating that his rivals deployed a group of youths to deface his posters to cut short his growing popularity. Ssebyala says that he has also deployed vigilantes to arrest some of the youths if they attempt to repeat their act.  

Disan Kikabi, who is eyeing the NRM party ticket for the Luweero LC V Chairperson seat also accuses his Abbey Ssozi Bakisuula of resorting to defacing his posters after learning of his popular support. He however, says this will not deter him from mobilizing voters and marketing his ideas.  

Abbey Ssozi counter accuses his rivals of defacing his posters in Busika, Zirobwe, Vumba and Luwero towns. Ssozi explained that he has so far lost over 1000 posters but is ready to replace them and move on.  

Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson, says that although defacing a campaign poster is illegal, the aspirants have also committed a crime by pinning them before the official campaign periods. 

Ssemwogerere says they are hunting for those pinning up the posters to face the law for breaching electoral guidelines

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