Charles Kirumira Lwanga, the Kyotera County NUP Parliamentary candidate, says their members were picked up by armed operatives in uniform and some in plain-clothes who were travelling in two numberless Toyota Hiace Drone-vans took them to an unknown location.
Unity Platform -NUP and Democratic Party-DP officials in Kyotera are living in
fear following the arrest of their campaign agents, strategists and supporters by unidentified operatives. They include among others Sam Kiwanuka Lukyamuzi,
Vincent Musajja, Sulaiti Kyambadde, Ronald Muwonge and Andrew Kawuma.
have only been identified as Lusembo, Kasiita, Luyobya among others.
officials say their members were picked up from their respective homes by
unidentified security personnel on Friday, Saturday, Sunday last week and Monday this
Charles Kirumira Lwanga, the Kyotera County NUP Parliamentary candidate,
says their members were picked up by armed operatives in uniform and some in
plain-clothes who were travelling in two numberless Toyota Hiace Drone-vans took
them to an unknown location.
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Although they suspect that the operation is state
engineered, Kirumira and the families of the opposition members, say they tried
to trace for their relatives at Kyotera and Kalisizo police stations in vain. Kirumira,
also, the NUP coordinator in Greater Masaka Region, says they have lodged a
complaint at Kyotera police station and the regional police headquarters in
Masaka over their missing members.
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He says the incident has left the majority of opposition
politicians and supporters worried about what might happen to them during and
after elections. Kirumira says the mysterious disappearance and
unexplained arrests may disorganize the party’s campaigns but cannot affect the
outcomes since they have canvassed votes and are sure of victory.
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Henry Ssemakula, one of the lead DP campaigners Kyotera,
says that they are worried because they do not know who will be picked next
since police have no clue about who is behind the abductions.
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He says that they visited the homes of some campaigners
where they found several properties destroyed and bloodstains on the floor,
which caused more fear.
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Ssemakula says that most of the missing people have families
to look after and keeping them incommunicado hinders candidates’ support.
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While closing their joint rally at Kasambya playground in Kyotera town council,
Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the incumbent Kyotera LC 5 Chairperson and John Paul
Mpalanyi, the DP candidate for Kyotera County Parliamentary seat, condemned the
acts of violence on the opposition.
Mpalanyi says abductions of their supporters is unbecoming
and threatens democracy in society.
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Judith Akello, the Kyotera District police commander, says they had not
received any information about the abductions until when the concerned
politicians reported the matter.
She says police were not part of the
operation that led to the arrests, saying they are also investigating the
whereabouts of missing persons.