guards who were attached to Willy Mayambala during the elections were his main
oppressors when he out to solicit for votes, the former independent
presidential candidate has revealed.
Appearing before the Human Rights
Committee of parliament led by Vice-chair Anges Taaka Wejuli, which is investigating
cases of violence in the just concluded polls, Mayambala said his rights were
greatly violated by the police guards assigned to him during the campaigns.
Mayambala trailed in the January 14th, 2021 general elections with only
15,014 votes. According to Mayambala,
his ten-man security team blocked him from going to several campaign venues
simply because he didn’t have a personal vehicle. The former presidential candidate also noted
that he was often bullied by the security officers who claimed that he
did not have money for fuel.
He narrated to the committee how on several occasions, he
had to jump over fences to avoid his security detail, which would lead to chaos
as the officers pursued him. Mayamala also told the committee that after his campaigns
in Masindi district, he proposed that they proceed straight to Nebbi district
for his next campaign meeting to save costs of returning to Kampala and then
back to Nebbi but the guards stopped him.
He revealed that when he asked the
security detail to go back and allow him to proceed to Nebbi, they arrested
him claiming he doesn’t have enough fuel.
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He says most times he missed his campaigns because his
guards forcefully drove him home.
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He also decried the failure by the Electoral Commission to
make special considerations for him since he's a person with disability-PWDs.
presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta who also appeared before the same committee,
said that his major challenge was paying for several venues and not using them
because of orders from above.
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Angelline Osegge, the Soroti Woman MP who is a member on the committee that
said they will consider meeting the Electoral Commission on the issue of
allowances for the security teams and the issues by Mayambala about his