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I Withdrew to Protect My Supporters, Public from Chaos – Muntu Speaks Out on Foiled Kamwenge Rally

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The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Gregory Muntu has finally opened up on why the police foiled his Kamwenge campaign rally and the reason why he chose to “peacefully withdraw.”

Since the commencement of the campaigns on November 9, Muntu and President Museveni have been known to be the most peaceful candidates, abiding by the set guidelines for conducting campaigns, however, it wasn’t business as usual today in Kamwenge where Police foiled his rally.

His policy, as he has been and continues to preach, is using non-violent and radical means of changing the country leadership as opposed to ‘defiance’ that is always applied by his fellow opposition presidential candidates.

In a statement that he released shortly after the blockade, Muntu admitted that it was their foul for trying to change the campaign venue, after the heavy rains destroyed the initial one.

“As we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people in the venue we had earlier in a week before agreed upon with the security agencies. No one anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or people to access,” he noted.

“After identifying an alternative place only 100 meters away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police,” he added.

He noted that since ANT’s policy is to be reasonable even during unreasonable actions on the side of the state, they engaged police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner with an intention of denying police any chance for injuring his supporters or the general public including himself (Muntu).

Muntu’s campaign meeting was foiled over change of venue.

“They not only intended to frustrate us, but also cause us to act in the ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on,” he said.

“While we are confident that we are on the right side of both law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation,” he added.

Muntu vowed that his ANT will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of his campaign.

He truth remains, the regime’s days are numbered,” he said.



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President Elect Museveni to Make Grand Entry to Kampala Tomorrow

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President elect Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta will Thursday make a grand entry into the capital Kampala, five days after he was declared winner of the January 14th elections.

Museveni who beat competition from 10 other contestants has been at his home in Rwakitura, Western Uganda where he retreated to cast his vote.

According to officials with in the National Resistance Movement, the President elect will travel from Rwakitura by road and is expected to make several stopovers along his way to Kampala.

His first stopover will be at Lyantonde at midday, then Kyazanga at 1PM, Lukaya Market at 2PM, Kayabwe at 3PM, Mpigi at 4PM, and finally Busega at 5PM before proceeding to enter the capital.

In Kampala, President elect Museveni will address the nation at the Uganda Media Centre where he will make comments about the general elections in his capacity as the incumbent president.

Museveni was declared winner of the 2021 presidential elections on Saturday January 16th after polling 5,851,037 which is 58.64% of the total votes cast.

He was followed by National Unity Platform – NUP’s Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi who polled 3,475,298 votes which represent 34.83% of the total number of votes cast.

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10 Arrested Over Violence in Hoima Mayoral Elections

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Police are holding ten supporters of Brian Kaboyo, one of the candidates in the Hoima City mayoral race.

The suspects are Muhammad Kiwanuka, Rogers Bategeka, Abdul Kasada, Lawrence Friday, Frank Sabiti, Rashid Kalyango, Joseph Bamusoni, Shaban Businge, Robert Tumwesigye and Matia Mulumba, all residents of Hoima City.

The suspects were picked up for various parts of Hoima City for attacking the supporters of Grace Mary Mugasa, the incumbent Hoima City Mayor.  Some of the suspects were picked up from Kijungu, Lusaka Upper and Kyesiga in Hoima East and West divisions and whisked to Hoima Central Police station.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network the suspects attacked and destroyed two vehicles belonging to Mugasa’s camp. They smashed the windscreens of both vehicles. The two vehicles registration numbers UAK 179E and UAS 028D both double cabins have been towed to Hoima central police station.

Hakiza says during the arrest of the suspects, a police constable identified as Aziz Namuguve and attached to Hoima central Police station was pelted with stones by the rowdy supporters of Kaboyo in Kyesiga cell Hoima West division.  She is currently admitted at Hoima Regional Referral hospital nursing sure wounds in the back.

According to Hakiza, the suspects will appear in court on charges of malicious damage and assault.

The Hoima City Mayoral race has attracted five candidates. They include Grace Mary Mugasa, the incumbent who is contesting as an independent candidate, Brian Kaboyo, the NRM candidate, Dan Kaija from Uganda People’s Congress-UPC, Rachid Tumusiime from the National Unity Platform-NUP and Wycliffe Tumusiime from the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.

However, there is still competition between Mugasa and Kaboyo.

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By: URN

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26 NUP, DP Supporters Remanded Over Electoral Violence in Kyotera

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At least 26 people have been remanded to Masaka Government Prison for their alleged involvement in electoral violence.  The suspects mainly supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform- NUP and Democratic Party were arrested during the presidential and parliamentary election on Thursday last week in a joint operation by the police and army.   

They include among others Alex Ssekamaanya, 28, Raymond Ntumwa, 25, Muhammad Musanje, 25, Joseph Lubega, 32, AbduKarim Musoke, 29, Joseph Mayanja, 24, Bernard Ssegawa, 27, and Derrick Akampurira, 23.  Others are Fahad Bulenya, Dan Kasibante, Frank Sseruwoza Ronald Muwonge, Isaac Ssematimba and others.

Some of the suspects were traveling in a Toyota Hiace Drone Reg. number UAH 283J, which was intercepted by security in Kyotera town council while others were arrested from Kabira, Nkenge and other parts of Kyotera district. The suspects appeared this morning before Geoffrey Luwaga, the Kasaali Grade II Magistrate Court on charges of election violence and possession of army/military boots and solido wires that are said to have been used in their vicious operations.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them. They also told the court that the military boots were planted by police officers to implicate them.In order not to interfere with today’s elections, Luwaga remanded the suspects to Masaka prisons until tomorrow when they will appear for their bail application hearing.

Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the incumbent Kyotera LC 5 chairperson, who is seeking re-election, says the police are used to witch-hunt his supporters, a claim the area District Police Commander, Judith Akello has dismissed as baseless. Robert Muyimbwa, the Kyotera DP spokesperson, says they will do whatever it takes to ensure that he suspects get bail and justice at the same time.

John Paul Mpalanyi, the Kyotera County MP-elect, says they are ready to provide legal support to all their jailed supporters.

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