Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the Electoral Commission Chairperson in Kampala today, Kyagulanyti said rallies are the only means through which he can speak to his supporters because security have blocked him from accessing several media houses across the country on which he would have talked about his candidacy. He said this leaves him with no option but to hold mass rallies.
The standoff between the Electoral Commission and the
security agencies on one hand and Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu, the presidential candidate
of the National Unity Platform -NUP on the other will not be ending soon as
the musician cum politician vows to continue with his normal campaigning.
Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the Electoral Commission Chairperson in
Kampala today, Kyagulanyi said rallies are the only means through which he is
capable of speaking to his supporters. Kyagulanyi said the security have
blocked him from accessing several media houses across the country on which he would
have talked about his candidacy. He said this leaves him with no option but to
hold mass rallies.
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Last week, Kyagulanyi was summoned at the Electoral
Commission to answer to charges that he was holding mass gatherings against the
directives of the Commission and the ministry of health. The Standard Operating
Procedures limit to only 200 the number of people who can attend a political meeting.
However, Kyagulanyi and other presidential candidates including of the National
Resistance Movement, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have on different occasions held
rallies with more people than those recommended.
In reacting to Kyagulanyi’s
vow not to honor the directive, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the
chairperson of the Electoral Commission, said he [Kyagulanyi] is not above the
law. He said the Commission will be forced to take action against him if he
continues to defy its directives.
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Byabakama read a letter written to him by the director
general of health services at the ministry of health, Henry Mwebesa telling him
to take action against politicians who continue to flout guidelines hence
putting the lives of the people in jeopardy.
The letter said that in only three
days last week, the ministry registered more than 2000 Covid-19 cases. It added
that if the trend continues like this, the situation is likely to get out of hand.
When asked about whether he’s worried that his actions
are putting the lives of the people at risk, Kyagulanyi said everywhere he goes
his first message is to remind the people about the existence of Covid-19. However,
he claimed that Museveni’s ‘dictatorship’ outstrips the dangers that Covdi-19
poses to Ugandans.
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Tomorrow the Commission is expected to meet Forum for
Democratic Change candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, who is also accused of the
same crime as Kyagulanyi - holding rallies.