Speaking to reporters at the Electoral Commission offices at Jinja Road in Kampala, Kyagulanyi said he is tired of the police and the army interrupting his political campaigns and the Commission does nothing to show that they are in charge of the electoral process.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine the National Unity
Platform presidential flag bearer has called on the chairman of the Electoral
Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi to either do his job or resign.
Speaking to reporters at the Electoral Commission offices at Jinja
Road in Kampala, Kyagulanyi said he is tired of the police and the army
interrupting his political campaigns and the Commission does nothing to show
that they are in charge of the electoral process.
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However, Kyagulanyi didn’t
say exactly what he wants the Electoral Commission to do with the security
forces which are not under the command of Byabakama.
In a closed-door meeting that lasted almost four hours also
attended by several NUP party officials, Kyagulanyi told the media that he
asked the Commission to take charge of the process as it is mandated by the
law. He showed them several pictures depicting the horrific scenes that include
police firing at unarmed supporters, his car submerged in the smoke of teargas,
some of his wounded supporters among others as evidence of the blatant
violations of his rights as a candidate.
He dispelled arguments by the security that when they break up his
meetings they do so because they are enforcing guidelines on the spread of
Coronavirus. He said if that were the case, then even president Museveni who
was seen yesterday addressing a crowd of supporters not wearing masks and not practising
social distancing in Busia, would have received similar treatment.
Speaking to reporters later, Justice Byabakama laughed off
Kyagulanyi’s demand for his resignation. He said he and the Commission he leads
have done a tremendous job to ensure that Uganda holds elections as demanded by
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For the continued break up Kyagulanyi’s meetings, Byabakama said
that they have agreed to hold a meeting between the top leadership of the
police and all presidential candidates.
Kyagulanyi survived bullets on Tuesday after his car was directly
fired at damaging the front windscreen and also flattening two of the front
tyres while he attempted to go to Jinja city.
Two of his aides including the driver and the police bodyguard
were also injured. Kyagulanyi was scheduled to hold a campaign meeting in Jinja
City and Kamuli district having held teargas and bullet filled campaigns in
Kayunga district earlier in the day.
After the Jinja incident, he suspended his campaign until after
meeting the Electoral Commission to express his dissatisfaction with the way
he’s being treated. However, he announced today that he will resume his normal
campaigning activities starting with Namutumba district on Thursday.