The police has clarified that the Joint Security Task Force in Busoga North arrested the NUP Presidential candidate, Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, for his continued violations of the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines, during the political campaigns.
Kyagulanyi was arrested together with Pastor Muwanguzi Andrew at around 11:30am, at the Ssaza Grounds, Luuka Town Council in Luuka District on Wednesday.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says the duo was actively involved in the massive mobilization of unauthorized assemblies and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda and that majority of the participants had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing and proper hygiene.
“They were immediately transferred to Nalufenya Police Station, where they were being interrogated on charges of negligent conduct likely to spread an infectious disease, obstruction, incitement to violence and holding unauthorized assemblies” Enanga said.
In the course of their transportation, police arrested 5 other violent suspects who included; Ssenono Denis alias Deni-City, resident of Keti Falawo, Kawempe; Semanda Brian of Nakilagala Budo; Matovu Adam, Tenywa Jamali of Kyamagwa Jinja; and Akol Stephene, A Security guard from Kiira Road.
In a related development, police also arrested the FDC presidential candidate, Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat from Gulu, as he was allegedly planning to hold an unauthorized procession, in Gulu City. Amuriat has since refused to record a statement.
“All along the NUP presidential candidate and his party members, sought to undermine the integrity of the Electoral Commission, by refusing to abide to a peaceful conduct of the campaigns. His campaign trail from West Nile, to Acholi sub Region, Teso, Bugisu and Busoga, raised stakes for possible riots and public disorder” Enanga argued.