The campaign team of Asuman Basalirwa, the Justice Forum candidate for the Bugiri Municipality parliament seat has complained about attacks on their supporters by their rivals.
At least three supporters of Basalirwa have been attacked in the past few days. The latest victims are Bosco Mangeni and Fred Oundo. The duo was stabbed on Saturday in Naluwerere trading center.
They are currently hospitalised at Bugiri general hospital. Another Basalirwa supporter, Hadijah Nabwire was roughed up in Muyengo zone. She has since filed a case of assault at Bugiri Central Police Station vide police SD/71/11/06/208.
On Monday afternoon, Basalirwa's campaign team held a press conference at Bugiri Bus Park to condemn the campaign violence. Moses Bigirwa, the Basalirwa campaign team spokesperson, says they have repeatedly complained about the attacks to police but nothing has been done.
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Jamal Tibita, a resident of Kireka village in Bugiri municipality, says unknown people stoned him on Thursday evening and his attempts to get justice were frustrated by police, which refused to register his complaint.
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But the Bugiri District Police Commander, Ssebuyungo Jeff, blames the chaos on candidates ferrying nonresidents to their campaign rallies.
He cautions candidates and their supporters to respect electoral guidelines, saying they risk arrested.
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The other candidates are NRM's John Francis Oketcho, FDC's Eunice Namatende, Siraj Lyavala and Joel Wamono, both independents.
The Busoga East Region Police Spokesperson, James Mubi, says they haven't received any reports about election violence.