Caf CL: Vipers, Enyimba Face Off in Epic Encounter


As the campaigning episode the nearing general elections come to the climax, search enforcers of the electoral laws and guidelines seem to have opted to turn a blind eye on a few breaches.

Despite their recent stern warning to politicians whose rallies are shooting through the mandatory 6pm closure time, click candidates have continued in disregard of this rule, and the police force has decided to let it pass.

The Police and the Independent Electoral Commission are now trading counteraccusations on who should rein in on this open breach of the law.

Last week, the head of inter-agency communication task team (which consists of police, UPDF and other security agencies) Asan Kasingye warned specifically the Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye, who was reported to conduct rallies as late as 8pm.

Kasingye said Besigye was risking being arrested and prosecuted for ignoring these rules, and asked police officers to record the late night rallies.

“We have noted increased acts of defiance exhibited by the FDC camp which include campaigning after the stipulated time. A case of reference is January 29, when Besigye addressed a rally at 8:25pm in Kiruhura and Ibanda. Efforts to advise Besigye not to campaign were futile,” he told journalists on Monday February 1st.

Besigye’s campaign team barefacedly terms this practice as the first indicator of his “defiance campaign.”

However, Besigye is unmoved. Last evening, he arrived at his last rally in Kyengera town at 9:15 pm, where hundreds of his supporters had waited through the afternoon.

Police, with help from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) not only allowed this rally to proceed smoothly to the end, by also stood guard to ensure the safety of everyone.

When contacted this morning, police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan, admitted that this was wrong, but said the Electoral Commission should have complained.

“Why don’t you call them and ask them,” he advised us. “That is their work to ensure that their candidates are not breaking the rules set by the (commission).”

The Electoral Commission on the other hand informed us that police erred by letting the rally proceed. The Commission spokesperson Jotham Taremwa wondered on phone, “If you are police officer and you see someone breaking the law, why must you wait for someone to raise the flag?”

He added, “This shouldn’t be a blame game of sorts, but Police know that these people were breaking the law they are supposed to take action. They are the enforcers of the law.”
Uganda reigning league champions Vipers SC take to the grounds on Friday evening in their first ever continental appearance.

The debutants will host two-time African Champions Enyimba FC from Nigeria. The Ugandans recently acquired the services of experienced coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe to aid the team get good results.

On the other side, more about Enyimba too has a new head coach in Paul Aigbogun who will be in charge of his first competitive game for the West Africans.

Nsiimbe will miss the services of custodian Isma Watenga who was injured while on duty with the Cranes in CHAN.

Shafik Bakaki is also absent while Ssentamu Siraje will wait for a late fitness test. In the absence of inspirational playmaker Farouk Miya, experienced Sulaiman Mutyaba is expected to rise to the occasion and help his team rise in Kampala.

Nsiimbe has failed to reach the group stages at a continental level on three occasions. However, he has maneuvered through the first preliminary games with ease.

The soft spoken coach believes his squad can help him reach groups for the first time.

“The team is well-prepared, well-balanced and I believe I can use my experience to get it far in the tournament. My target is precisely to see us reach the quarter finals; I believe this is a realistic and achievable target,” Nsimbe told club media.

His counterpart has a different view of the game like expected and says that he is not bothered with the hype in Ugandan media but is confident of a win.

“We are playing Vipers, the current champions of Uganda and we know they are a good side, but we just have no choice than to win them and move on to the next round. This is very important to me. The game will not be easy, but we have no choice than to win, by the help of God and with the determination of the boys,” Aigbogun asserts.

Vipers possible lineup: James Alitho (GK), Nico Wadada (C), Dan Birikwalira, Yusuf Mukisa, Musa Malunda, Deus Bukenya, Saddam Juma, Keziron Kizito, Erias Ssekisambu, Pius Winju, Mike Mutyaba


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