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Election Campaigns: FDC’s Patrick Amuriat Gets ‘Rude Welcome’ in Bunyoro

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After a streak of running battles with Police, Patrick Oboi Amuriat aka POA has yet again had a torrid time canvassing for votes in Bunyoro Region after he was pepper sprayed and two of his campaign meetings dispersed.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate had been scheduled to traverse Kiryandongo and Masindi Districts on Wednesday November 25, 2020, according to the Electoral Commission (EC) Programme.

Amuriat started his day on a high, addressing mini rallies at Karuma and Diima trading centers (all in Kiryandongo) but  the situation got out of hand when a mammoth crowd of cheering supporters quickly formed a procession.

Sensing trouble, Police, commanded by Kiryandongo District Police Commander (DPC) Joseph Bakaleke, at first tried to deter the growing crowd from blocking the Gulu-Masindi high way but was overwhelmed.

Bakaleke and his squad tried to escort Amuriat to a venue they had organized away from the city center but all in vain. Instead, he (Amuriat) parked and started waving to crowds aloft his V8 vehicle, a move that triggered an altercation between the former and latter.

In the fracas, Amuriat was pepper sprayed by a yet to be identified officer but this only emboldened him.

“This dictatorship must fall and it is going to fall with this one (Bakaleke). You may want to tear gas us, pepper spray us or even kill us. We will never give up,” Amuriat ranted.

Amuriat after buying chapatis in Kiryandongo Town Council on Wednesday.

After being subdued, Amuriat drove to the periphery of the town where he addressed a minute rally before proceeding to Kiryandongo town.

In a similar fashion, he was swarmed by Party adherents who attempted to hold a procession but Police quickly dispersed them with tear gas and they took to their heels.

Upon realizing that he had been barred from meeting voters, Amuriat jumped out of his car purportedly to buy a chapatti but Police simply watched on and thereafter escorted him to the border with Masindi.

In Kijura town, Amuriat once again tested Police’s nerves by attempting to speak to residents but was interrupted by police officers who unsuccessfully tried to confiscate his mobile public address system.

Amuriat trying to retrieve his public address system from Policemen in Kijuura on Wednesday.

A combined team of Military and Police thereafter fired live bullets to scare the infuriated supporters. He was later driven out of town under military guard.

According to reliable sources, Amuriat will today, Thursday officiate at the launch of his Presidential manifesto in Hoima City. It is not yet clear whether the Party’s founding President Rtd. Col Kizza Besigye will grace the function.

 



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Nsereko’s Win on the Line as Nyanzi Petitions Court for Vote Recount in Kampala

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The former Kampala Central MP candidate Fred Nyanzi has petitioned the Mengo Chief Magistrates Court seeking for a vote recount.

Nyanzi who was contesting on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket was defeated by the incumbent and independent candidate Muhammad Nsereko who got 16,998 votes against Nyanzi’s 15,975.

National Resistance Movement’s Babu Cedric Ndilima got 10,746 votes and Forum for Democratic Change candidate Harold Kaija got 1,679 votes.

In the petition, Nyanzi states that the voting process and counting of the votes were marred by malpractices and irregularities committed by both the Electoral Commission officials and Nsereko’s agents.

He accuses some of the presiding officers of denying his agents access to voting areas. He singled different polling stations that include Summit View, Nakasero 1 and 2, Hoima Flats among others. He adds that the declaration forms were never signed by his agents because they had been blocked.

Nyanzi also accuses Nsereko and his agents for altering the declaration of result forms and destroying original copies of the forms among others. He further accuses Nsereko for conniving with presiding officers to alter and manipulate forms.

Some of the polling stations that Nyanzi seeks recounting include, Balikudembe Primary School, KCC Primary School polling stations, Seroma Parking Yard, All saints, Martin Road, Old Kampala SS, National Theatre, Nakivubo Road, Basajjabala Taxi Park, Kampala Library, Bombo Road among others.

Nyanzi’s lawyer George Musisi says due to malpractices and irregularities, his client was wrongfully denied his victory.

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By: URN

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Bobi Wine Drags Gov’t to Court Over Raid on NUP Party Offices

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National Unity Platform – NUP and its president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu have sued government and four security chiefs in the High Court in Kampala over the October 2020 raid of the party offices in Kampala.

The four respondents are Chief of Defense Forces General David Muhoozi, Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola, Military Police Commander Keith Katungi and Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero.

The party wants court to make a declaration that the actions of more than 1,000 officers directly under the control of the said officers, by going through their offices, stealing and damaging property amounts to an infringement on their freedom of consciousness, expression, movement, assembly and association.

Through their lawyers from four law firms led by Wameli and Company Advocates and Pace Advocates, the applicants contend that on October 14th 2020, the party headquarters located in Kamowkya were ambushed by a large number of joint security officers both plain clothed and uniformed like they were attacking enemies of the State.

The security officers including police, Uganda People’s Defense Forces -UPDF and Local Defense Unit-LDU were reportedly littered allover Kamowkya area. According to the evidence before court by the party president Kyagulanyi, security blocked all entrances to and from the offices and never allowed anyone in or out of the offices and in the process, they ended up destabilizing the party business.

The evidence dated November 17th 2020, further indicates that some security officers carried plasma cutters and started cutting the gate before forcing their way inside the premises.

As a result, security reportedly looted documents such as those bearing Kyagulanyi’s nomination signatures, branding materials, berets, bandannas, umbrellas, fliers, masks, CCTV cameras and digital video recorders from the office.

The party secretary general David Lewis Rubongoya in his supportive affidavit also says the party lost 23 million shillings in the raid, money which had been collected for the nomination of their parliamentary candidates in the recent concluded elections.

“..I tried to protest but I was shoved aside and insulted that the party would sum up nothing if they were still there, taking of the nomination forms put the nomination of the first applicant/Kyagulanyi in Limbo”, reads Rubongoya’s affidavit.

According to the two top party leaders therefore, the conduct of the respondents adversely affected their right and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution of Uganda and have occasioned untold inconveniences, mental anguish and distress for which they should be held liable and responsible.

But the Principal State Attorney, Jeffrey Atwine says the applicants shouldn’t have sued the security officers in their individual capacities as their actions done while on official duties can be defended by the Attorney General, the legal advisor of government.

At the time of the raid, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Lt Col Deo Akiiki told journalists that the joint security had raided the offices targeting civilians who were using military related attires.

The case is allocated to Lady Justice Esta Nambayo who will be hearing it on March 22 2021.

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By: URN

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NUP Wins Mityana Municipality Mayoral Race, 26 Council Seats

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The National Unity Platform- NUP has won 26 seats in the Mityana municipal council.

Mukambwe Faustin Lukonge, the NUP flag bearer was also elected mayor with 14,463 votes defeating the NRM party candidate and incumbent, Esther Ndyanabo who polled 5,616 votes while DP’s Richard Kyambadde polled 1,889 votes. Others in the race were independent, Suleiman Sempala with 56 votes and FDC’s Vincent Kiggundu who got 46 votes.

Mukambwe said that his election is an indication that people of Mityana were yearning for change in leadership.

In the Parliamentary elections, Mityana voted NUP’s Joyce Bagala as the Woman MP, Francis Zaake as the Mityana Municipality MP and David Lukyamuzi Kalwangwa for Busujju constituency.

Last week, Patrick Mugisha Nshiimye of the National Unity Platform was voted the LCV chairperson seat.

In Mubende municipality, the incumbent and NRM flag bearer Innocent Ssekiziyivu Bakulungelo won with 5,786 votes while independent Geoffrey Natigo polled 5,196 votes. Natigo had vied for the NUP ticket but lost to William Kakinda Matovu who polled 2,114 votes.

Bakulungelo says that he will focus on completion of the municipal market, address land conflict and poor garbage disposal.

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