Election 2016

Police to Mbabazi: We’re Only Doing Our Job

Kyoga RPC Acaye appeals to Amama Mbabazi to leave the rally venue [Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe]

After spoiling his promisingly successful rally in Soroti town on Wednesday, click http://centruldedic.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php police have come out on the defensive, more about http://cultnews.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php stressing that they were only implementing what Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi is required of by the law.

Police said yesterday evening that Mbabazi, an independent candidate had failed to comply with the Electoral Commission’s general guidelines issued recently to all Presidential Aspirants seeking to conduct consultative meetings in preparation for nominations

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga informed in a statement that they were compelled to interrupt Mbabazi’s program after he demonstrated disinclination to holding consultations in confined spaces, and instead decided to hold rallies and mass meetings which are prohibited actions.

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“It is against this background that the Police, which has the primary responsibility of ensuring lawfulness and orderliness of all electoral events including consultative meetings has intervened in line with the electoral security coordination plan to stop aspirants violating these electoral provisions,” he said.

Yesterday, the anti-riot police used teargas and fired live ammunitions to disperse hundreds of Mbabazi’s supporters who prepared to receive him at Soroti Sports ground.

Enanga says the rally was clearly in violation of the law.

Questions have severally been raised as to why the opposition FDC candidates Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Mugisha Muntu were allowed to proceed with their countrywide rallies which culminated in last week’s delegates conference in Namboole.

But in the statement, Mr Enanga clarified that what took place within the FDC party was not within the context of Sec. 3 of the Presidential Elections Act.

“[The FDC rallies] should not be confused as a consultative process but a lawful process to determine the party flag bearer that was managed under the provisions of the Public Order Management Act,” said Enanga.

“The Police shall continue applying the laws to anyone promoting conflict within the electoral laws to minimize the risk of violence and to also ensure all aspirants follow logical steps laid out in the Electoral Commission Elections Roadmap.”

Amama Mbabazi’s team however, yesterday hinted on initiating a legal suit against the electoral commission for misinterpreting the electoral laws.

The legal team led by Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye told press in Kampala that the EC had not even written to them about the said illegal rallies.

Muwema assured journalists that the Presidential Elections Act doesn’t at all bar their client from conducting mass rallies and conducting nationwide consultative meetings.

“Every presidential aspirant is free to hold consultations where he is expected to market himself to as many people as possible without restrictions on the numbers he meets,” Muwema said.

“We understand, EC is confused by the masses that have gathered to hear from our client making them think that he is holding campaigns. This should be clear, our client knows that breaking the law is dangerous and he is very compliant. He can’t involve himself in campaigns since he knows that campaigns haven’t yet been gazette according to EC road map.”

 

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