By; Francis Lubega
02nd December 2020
The National Unity Platform leadership in Budaka District is bickering with security over the clearance of the campaign venue for their presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine.
Kyagulanyi is expected to campaign in Kibuku, Budaka and Manafwa districts on Thursday. However, Asuman Maggwa, the Budaka District NUP chairperson who is also vying for the Budaka County parliamentary seat, says police without any valid reason have kept on cancelling their proposed campaign venues.
He says without prior consultations police, police directed cleared NUP to hold its rally at Kabuna primary school drawing protests from area residents. He says police later changed the venue to Namirembe day and boarding primary school but later changed the venue to Nansanga primary school in Nansanga Sub County, about 5 kilometers away from the central business area.
According to Maggwa, they had initially rejected the proposal by security to hold rallies at educational institution citing the safety of the learners but security rejected his plea. He says the directive by Police to Kyagulanyi to hold a rally at the school hasn’t gone down with the school administration.
David Silk, the headteacher of Nansanga primary school, says although he can’t oppose the wise decision of his bosses to relocate to the rally to the school he wonders why the security of the learners wasn’t prioritized.
In another development an independent elections observer Crispin Kaheru has reiterated his stand for the electoral commission to halt the campaigns and meeting candidates and security forces to avoid shedding of blood.