The National Unity Platform-NUP party has faulted Electoral
Commission-EC over the arrest of their presidential candidate, Robert
Kyagulanyi was picked up by police from Luuka district
headquarters on Wednesday while addressing a campaign rally. His arrest sparked protests in different parts of the
country where hundreds of people took to the streets demanding his release.
who is still locked up at Nalufenya police station in Jinja city was expected
to be in Mpigi, Kalungu and Masaka districts today. Speaking to URN this morning, NUP Spokesperson, Joel
Ssenyonyi said EC that is mandated to superintendent overall electoral
activities in the country has ceded its role to security forces.
that it is for this reason that police and sister security agencies can
illegally arrest and detain a presidential candidate who is following his
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He said the arrest of their candidate has slowed down their campaigns.
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Police have repeatedly said their role in the elections is to ensure that
candidate comply with the guidelines issued by the Commission and Ministry of
health to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The head of operations Uganda Police
Force, Edward Ochom Ochom, says they will not look on as candidates expose
people to COVID-19 as well as acting contrary to the law.
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The EC Spokesperson, Paul Bukenya couldn’t be reached for
comment on NUP’s claims as he could neither pick nor return calls from our
reporter. Today marks 10 days since the 2021 presidential campaigns started. Ugandans
go to the polls on January 14th, 2021 to elect the president and
members of parliament.