Members of the National Unity Platform-NUP party in Kayunga are protesting a decision by the Resident District Commissioner, Ssempala Kigozi to block their president Robert Kyagulanyi from joining last campaign rally of LC 5 chairperson by-election candidate Harriet Nakwede.
The open campaigns are scheduled to close on Tuesday. However, Kigozi has informed Nakwede that the District Security Committee has resolved to stop her final campaign rally if she invites Kyagulanyi.
She now argues that such instructions contradict the harmonized campaign program agreed upon with the Electoral Commission-EC harmonized and all candidates.
According to Nakwede, the decision to allow president Yoweri Museveni to canvas support for her NRM rival and block Kyagulanyi from doing the same for her is a sign of unfairness.
She is meant to hold her final campaign rally in Kayunga town council, while the NRM candidate is supposed to campaign in Kayonza Sub County.
President Museveni is also expected in Kayunga to drum up support for the NRM candidate Andrew Muwonge and later meet district party leaders and security committee ahead of the by-elections set for Thursday December 16.
Nakwede noted that the government can do whatever it can, but they have placed spies in their camp and wherever they sit, to make evil plans to fail them.
The Kampala Woman Member of Parliament Shamim Malende who is also the special campaigner for Nakwede describes the RDC’s directive as a sign of cowardice and low self-esteem. But notes that whether Kyagulanyi campaigns in Kayunga or not, people have already embraced change.
Kigozi insists that they notified Nakwede early enough that Kyagulanyi would not be allowed on the final campaigning day and advised her to invite him on any other day but she ignored their advice.
Interim LC V Chairperson for Kayunga District Joel Kayiira has blamed EC for acting unbothered as the security committee creates new guidelines contradicting the harmonized campaign program. But the EC insists they have not received any complaints of such nature.