Mao says the NRM presidential candidate incumbent president Yoweri Museveni is only pretending to be adhering to the COVID rules. Mao argues that Museveni is permitting hooligans of NRM supporters who are mobilized by the likes of Bebe Cool to violate the rules.
The Democratic Party - DP presidential candidate Norbert Mao has resolved to pursue private prosecution
of popular musician and National Resistance Movement - NRM mobiliser Moses Ssali popularly known as Bebe Cool.
Mao told Uganda Radio Network - URN in an interview that he has instructed the DP
National Legal Advisor Counsel Luyimbazi Nalukoola to take legal steps to file
criminal charges against Bebe Cool who is flouting the COVID-19
rules with impunity.
A number of presidential candidates have faced the wrath of the police for allegedly violating
COVID-19 guidelines by holding processions and rallies. Police has
violently attacked supporters and candidates with teargas.
During a harmonization meeting with the Electoral Commission
this week various candidates complained about selective application of the
guidelines where NRM candidates are allowed to flout the regulations governing
Mao says the NRM presidential candidate president
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is only pretending to be adhering to the COVID-19
rules. He argues that Museveni is permitting hooligans as NRM
supporters who are
mobilized by the likes of Bebe Cool to violate the rules.
He indicates that the private prosecution of Bebe Cool
should send a message that rules have to apply equally to all citizens.
Mao also says Counsel Luyimbazi Nalukoola has been advised
to take legal steps to ensure that the NUP Presidential Candidate Robert
Kyagulanyi who is in detention is released from custody immediately.
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Kyagulanyi was arrested in Luuka district for flouting
COVID-19 guidelines and is still detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja
His arrest sparked off protests in different parts of the
country where hundreds took to the streets demanding for his release.
Mao who has condemned the action of police during the
campaigns and in quelling yesterday’s protests says that the right to a free
and fair elections is the mother of all other rights.