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,
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.