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Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, says
despite the continuous provocation by the incumbent government, he and his supporters
will remain peaceful as they move towards attaining political power
through the will of the people.
Kyagulanyi, who is seen as the main contender to president, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni made the remarks shortly after being released by security which held
him in a police van outside his residence for several hours after his nomination
for the 2021 general elections.
The security officers detained the Kyadondo East Member of
parliament following his botched attempt to lead a procession of his supporters
to the NUP offices in Kamwokya where he was expected to unveil his manifesto
detailing NUP’s agenda.
According to Kyagulanyi, NUP and people power movement supporters
are law-abiding citizens and will act within the law.
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why the Electoral Commission failed to guide security agencies on how to
handled duly nominated presidential, which saw his arrest a short distance from
the nomination center.
He said the conduct
of the security forces show that the road to the polling day won’t be easy.
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Asuman Basalirwa, the JEEMA party president and one of Kyagulanyi’s legal
counsel, says the ruling government is trying to narrow the political space by
suppressing key opponents from implementing their campaign plans.
He argued that the manifesto, which they had wanted
to launch is critical for the upcoming election and is the social contract
between their candidate and the electorate whose mandate they are seeking.
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Electoral Commission has distanced itself
from the fracas following Kyagulanyi’s nomination. Paul Bukenya, the acting EC
spokesperson, says they are not familiar with what transpired since they were
still conducting nominations.
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In a press statement
issued on Tuesday, Police accused Kyagulanyi of scheming to hold illegal
processions from Kyambogo to the NUP Headquarters.
“...we countered due
to its negative impact on the flow of Traffic, Public Safety, and Public order.
He was forcefully removed from his vehicle, and a fracas ensued in the process
of transferring him to the Police Vehicle. He was eventually safely delivered
to his home in Magere,” the police statement reads in part.
The statement notes that whereas all voters have their
democratic right to support a candidate of their choice, they should avoid
violent confrontations that could spiral out of control between supporters of
rival political factions as well as with Law Enforcement Agencies.
Kyagulanyi has however, rejected the police claims, saying
they should have come up with betters to handle him if they though the movement
to his office would cause public disorder.