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Two Arrested For Defacing Museveni's Campaign Posters in Bweyogerere

According to information from Bweyogerere police station, the officers acted a tip-off from the local community that some people were defacing candidate’s campaign posters. A team of police officers that was dispatched found the suspects defacing the billboards of presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Kira municipality mayoral candidate, Mamerito Mugerwa.
SP Patrick Onyango

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Bweyogerere Police are holding two suspects accused of defacing the campaign posters of candidates. The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, who didn’t reveal the identities of the suspects, said the duo and others still at large defaced 10 posters and burnt two billboards of several candidates near Kazinga, Bweyogerere division, Kira Municipality in Wakiso district on Wednesday.         

According to information from Bweyogerere police station, the officers acted a tip-off from the local community that some people were defacing candidate’s campaign posters. A team of police officers that was dispatched found the suspects defacing the billboards of presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Kira municipality mayoral candidate, Mamerito Mugerwa.

The other posters that were destroyed include that of Isaac Senkubuge, the incumbent Bweyogerere Division LC III Chairperson, Emmanuel Katumba Senkeezi, the Kira Municipality parliamentary candidate, Yudaya Nansubuga and Yoweri Nkayi Mudiope. “Police recovered some exhibits at the scene and two suspects are currently in police custody to help police with Investigations,” said Onyango.

He notes that the detectives are yet to retrieve Closed Circuit Television-CCTV camera footage to identify the remaining suspects. Onyango says the suspects are likely to be charged under section 78 (2) of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 that criminalizes defacing of posters. 

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According to Ugandan law, any person who maliciously defaces or removes or tears an election poster of any nominated candidate commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding six hundred thousand Shillings or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.        

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