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Gulu Registers 35 Elections Related Criminal Cases, Fails to Prosecute Them

The cases were registered between September 12th last year and January 20th this year. They include unlawful assembly contrary to section 65 and 66 of the Penal Code Act, defacing of campaign posters contrary to section 78(2) of the Presidential Election Act, defamation and inciting violence.
Armed Police in Gulu backed by soldiers of Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) patrolling streets-Photo by Dominic Ochola


A total of 35 elections related cases have been registered at Gulu Central Police Station.

The cases were registered between September 12th last year and January 20th this year. They include unlawful assembly contrary to section 65 and 66 of the Penal Code Act, defacing of campaign posters contrary to section 78(2) of the Presidential Election Act, defamation and inciting violence.

Others are malicious damage, cyber harassment, disobedience of lawful order, threatening violence, assault, among others.

Dickens Bindeeba, the Gulu District Police Commander told URN in an interview however, that they did not succeed in prosecuting any of the offenders because most of the complainants did not follow up the cases while others reconciled with the accused persons.

According to Bindeeba, they did not get enough evidences in other cases to use to incriminate the suspects. He said majority of the cases were unlawful assembly, malicious damage and threatening violence.

Agnes Taaka Wejuli, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights says the committee moved in major districts across the country enquiry on human rights violation during the elections period and that Gulu district is among the districts that registered few elections related cases.

Taaka revealed that the few cases registered in Gulu could be due to too much attention put by the human rights watch during the elections period. She added that the committee shall produce a detailed report on human rights violation in the country during the elections period.