Police in Fort Portal on Thursday engaged in running battles with
supporters of Daka Ajuna, the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC candidate for
Fort Portal Central Parliamentary race.
The supporters, who were celebrating Ajuna’s nomination, took to the streets
marching and singing which is against the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
John Faustine Oese, the Kabarole District Police Commander, said he had
refrained from using excessive force to disperse the crowds but the supporters
did not heed to the several warnings. Oese also said that candidates
that keep flouting the guidelines will be arrested and charged.
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It was the second time, Ajuna's supporters were
engaging with police in running battles.
Before being nominated, Ajuna was intercepted by the police for flashing the V-sign, the FDC party symbol and attracting crowds.
However, Ajuna said that he was not responsible for the crowds and procession,
explaining that his supporters, especially Boda Boda riders just followed his
vehicle as he was leaving the party offices on Ruhandika Street.
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Some of the candidates who were nominated on Thursday included the incumbent
Kabarole District Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwogo who lost in the Fort Portal city
Woman MP race and returned as an independent.
The others were the NRM flag bearer for Fort Portal Woman MP Parliamentary race
Irene Linda Mugisa, independent candidates for Fort Portal City Central
Division Aloysius Bingi and Taddeo Amanyire and Marjorie Kansiime who is vying
for the Fort Portal City Parliamentary seat on the Alliance for National
Transformation - ANT ticket, among others.
In Hoima police engaged in running battles with FDC supporters after
their candidate Asinansi Nyakato who is aspiring for Woman MP Hoima city was
The Electoral Commission issued guidelines warning candidates against carrying
out processions as a measure of preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Anti-riot police commanded by the OC station Hoima Central Police
Station Tomsom Mpabaise raided the FDC offices and ordered everyone who was
there to vacate.
Mbabaise says that they received reports that FDC were planning to cause commotion
within the City.
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Four Parliamentary candidates were nominated on Thursday by the
Hoima district Returning officer Douglas Matsiko.
They are Plan Benedetta contesting for Hoima City Woman MP seat as
an independent candidate, FDC candidate Miles Rwamiti who is contesting for Hoima
East MP seat and Alliance for National Transformation-ANT candidate Ismail
Kasule for Hoima West MP.