The candidates on Wednesday suspended their campaigns after the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine, the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential candidate.
Nyakato in Red Overall is one of the Opposition Parliamentary candidates who suspended their campaigns over arrest of Bobi wine .Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Opposition parliamentary candidates in Hoima City and Hoima
district have resumed their campaigns.
The candidates on Wednesday suspended their campaigns following the arrest of
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential
Kyagulanyi was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka district for
flouting COVID-19 guidelines and was detained at Nalufenya police station in
Jinja City. He was granted bail on Friday by Iganga Magistrates Court.
His arrest has since sparked off protests in different parts of
the country where hundreds took to the streets demanding for his release.
Some of the opposition candidates who had suspended campaigns in
Hoima are Asinansi Nyakato who is vying for Hoima City Woman MP seat on Forum
for Democratic Change-FDC ticket, Ismail Kasule who is contesting for Hoima
West Member of parliament on Alliance for National Transformation-ANT ticket
and Mary Nyabuhaibona who is contesting for Hoima district woman MP seat on
National Unity Platform-NUP ticket.
The candidates say they could not continue traversing the district and the City
soliciting for votes when one of the opposition leaders was suffering in the
hands of security forces adding that they were equally affected.
Nyakato says since Kyagulanyi, has been granted bail and set free,
they are set to resume normal campaigns.
Ismail Kasule also an opposition candidate wants stern action
taken against security operatives who ruthlessly shot at the protesters.
Nyamuhaibona says she had cancelled her campaigns to stand in
solidarity with Kyagulanyi and other innocent Ugandans who were killed during
On Wednesday, four presidential candidates including Nobert Mao of
Democratic Party-DP, Patrick Amuriat Oboi of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC,
Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation-ANT and independent
candidate Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde suspended their campaigns.