The National Coordinator CCEDU Charity Ahimbisibwe says that the best way forward is to suspend campaigns. Ahimbisibwe notes this is the proper course of action if violation of COVID-19 guidelines is punished with death by the security forces.
The Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU)
has advised that campaigns ahead of the 2021 presidential elections be
suspended following widespread violence triggered by the arrest of
Robert Kyagulanyi on Wednesday.
Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform - NUP presidential
candidate was arrested in Luuka district for allegedly violating COVID-19
guidelines during his campaign tour.
His arrest led to several protests in several towns across the
country including the Capital City Kampala where angry youth lit bonfires and
demanded for the immediate release of Kyagulanyi.
The act prompted the regular police backed by anti-riot
police, Military and Local Defence Units- LDUs to fire teargas and live bullets
to disperse the protesters leaving several people injured with a few fatalities.
According to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, 3 people have
been confirmed dead while 34 others sustained injuries as security officers
tried to disperse the protestors.
The Executive Director CCEDU, Charity Ahimbisibwe says the
acts of brutality by the security forces will be documented and produced in
courts of law.
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She says that the best way forward is to suspend campaigns. In a
statement released to the press, Ahimbisibwe notes this is the proper
course of action if violation of COVID-19
guidelines is punished with death by the security forces.
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Some presidential candidates have already suspended
campaigns following the violence and continued harassment by the police.
Alliance for National Transformation candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu suspended his
campaigns on Wednesday and so did independent candidate Rt. Lt. Gen. Henry
Tumukunde who have both called for dialogue to have a fair election.