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Teargas Used to Stop Processions in Kayunga, Mukono

Nantaba had organised a procession of more than 30 vehicles and about 100 motorcycles, to take her through the streets of Kayunga, in disregard of guidelines issued by both the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health to control crowds,
Nantaba in a procession after nomination exercise at Kayunga district.

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Police used teargas to stop a procession led by Kayunga Woman MP Idah Nantaba after her nomination on Thursday.

Nantaba had organised a procession of more than 30 vehicles and about 100 motorcycles, to take her through the streets of Kayunga, in disregard of guidelines issued by both the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health to control crowds, which are known to be triggers for the spread of coronavirus disease.

But she was intercepted by the police for about 20 minutes and advised to stop in the procession in vain. In the aftermath, police used teargas to disperse the errant supporters.

Similar events unfolded in Mukono District where police struggled to stop a procession organized by the Mukono Municipal Mayor George Fred Kagimu, who is now nominated to contest for the Mukono Municipality parliamentary seat.  Kagimu was accompanied by

30 vehicles and over 60 motorcycles.

He planned to lead a procession from the police checkpoint near the Electoral Commission offices through the town centre to Kame valley market and Ssaza where he had planned to address a gathering. However, police led by Ismael Kifudde, the Officer in Charge of Mukono Police Division stopped kagimu at Bishop stage before escorting him to his recreation centre in Ntaawo.

At both nomination centres in Kayunga and Mukono, police made early deployments to prevent the chaos that would result from such processions. Kagimu and Nantaba have both equally reasoned that the procession does not contravene guidelines against COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, Ronald Kibuule, the State Minister for Water says it is shaming for leaders who would be exemplary to flout rules put in place for the good of the entire community and advised all candidates to utilised media platforms at their disposal to avoid the risks related to crowds and COVID-19.

Similarly, Mark Muganzi Mayanja, the Mukono District Returning Officer said it was wrong for candidates to organize processions especially at this time when the world is battling a deadly disease.