Police have vowed to deal with Presidential aspirants that defy the law and the Electoral Commission guidelines during consultation and campaigns.
Basing on actions by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, who he said held open campaigns instead of consultations and his supporters engaged in acts of hooliganism in Kasangati, Enanga emphasized: “We once again, urge all the aspirants to abide by the law and follow the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission. The Police is prepared to protect all peace-loving and law-abiding Ugandans, and will also ensure all those who act criminally are arrested and charged to court.”
On Monday the police released CCTV footage in which rowdy Bobi Wine supporters were seen pelting stones at vehicles, fighting the police and engaging in all manner of hooliganism, in total disregard of the Electoral Commission guidelines.
“You will notice that despite the elaborated notifications, under section 3 of the presidential Elections Act, the Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, defied these guidelines and held a motorcade procession from his residence in Magere to Kasangati; endangering the lives of other road users, disrupting traffic flow along the highway, and businesses, his rowdy supporters pelted stones at Police officers on duty, burnt tyres, intimidated boda-boda riders, taxi drivers and passengers; removed road barriers, one of them redirected an active canister into traffic; others were seen recklessly riding on car rooftops.”
In the ensuing Chaos Bobi Wine and Colleague members of Parliament; Asuman Basalirwa, and Latiff Ssebagala, together with a host of supporters were arrested. A total of 45 suspects were arrested during the chaos. However, majority of them, including the Members of Parliament have since been released on police bond,pending charges ranging from obstruction to disobedience of lawful orders under the Public Order Management Act.
Following the Jan 3, 2020 Kasangati commotion, a joint meeting between Electoral Commission, the Police, Bobi Wine and other Presidential aspirants was held at the Electoral Commission Offices in Kampala. During the meeting both parties agreed on ways the aspirants can carry on with their activities without clashing with the police as it was in Kasangati
Meanwhile Enanga has called upon the media to remain objective in their reporting throughout the campaign period. “We, therefore, call upon the media to play their crucial role of informing the public and disseminating information based on facts and accuracy, to avoid compromising our country’s national security,” he emphasized.
During the Kasangati Chaos, the police accused journalists of being biased in their coverage. But on the other hand the media accuses the security forces of always harassing them in coverage of such operations.