Police Battles FDC Supporters in Fort Portal, Hoima

The supporters, who were celebrating Ajuna’s nomination, took to the streets marching and singing.
Most of Ajuna's supporters had no masks and kept regrouping for processions as police worked tirelessly to disperse them.

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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 nominated. 

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.