Police Unfit to Ensure Free Fair 2016 Elections – TDA

The Democratic Alliance (TDA) has condemned police actions against the leading opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders, symptoms capsule whose planned meeting in Rukungiri District it harshly disallowed.

The police boss Gen Kale Kayihura ordered interception arrest of a number of FDC officials en route to the western district on Saturday, on grounds that their planned meeting was not cleared by the police force and the Electoral Commission.

While the party revealed that the meeting was about identifying lower level candidates, rolling out party primary elections, recruitment and sale of party cards, Police and the EC said they believed the FDC Candidate Dr Kizza Besigye intended to hold a campaign rally which is against the electoral laws since he is yet to be nominated.

Police also noted that the communication made by the FDC to the force about the meeting, was not exhaustive of all the Public Order Management requirements.

According to a statement released by TDA deputy spokesperson, Sheila Kawamala Mishambi, the police actions was a clear pointer that Ugandans should not at one time expect to have free and fair elections in 2016.

“There can never be free and fair elections unless agencies of state such as the police and the Electoral Commission conduct their work in a non-partisan manner. All political actors must also have the freedom to recruit supporters and sell their policies to the public,” Mishambi noted.

Mishambi said, “TDA is perturbed by this outright harassment of our members and leaders. FDC is a member of TDA in good standing. Dr. Kizza Besigye is a flag bearer of FDC and an eminent person in the Summit. Hon. Wafula Oguttu (MP) is not only a member of the TDA Summit; he is also the Leader of Opposition who deserves to be respected.”

Mishambi observed that the stopping of the FDC rally and the arrest of its leaders should be condemned by all peace loving Ugandans. “The humiliation of FDC supporters is a humiliation to all of us.”

She noted that despite FDC and other political parties demonstrating a track record of holding peaceful public rallies and events, the Uganda police have continued to import violence into the public gatherings.

“The Democratic Alliance will continue to argue its members to continue on a path of peaceful resistance to the current dictatorship until it is dismantled or it crumbles under its own mistakes,” she said.

“We therefore stand in solidarity with FDC and its leadership colleagues. We shall remain unyielding in demanding that legitimate political activities receive the protection of the Uganda Police Force and other state agencies.”



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