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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

EC Summons Kyagulanyi Ssentamu & Amuriat Over Mass Rallies

The Electoral Commision (EC) has summoned National Unity Platform’s presidential candidate Ssentamu Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and  Fprum for Democratic Change’s (FDC’s) Patrick Amuriat Obol over repeated breach of electoral guidelines and Covid -19 SOPS.

The two have continued to have mass processions and rallies on the campaign trail and put the lives of Ugandans in jeopardy through the likely spread of the Corona Virus.   There has been a spike in Corona virus spread in Uganda with over 30,000 cases and many new infections.

The two presidential candidates are required to appear before EC on Monday (December 14, 2020) at 11am to defend themselves and also forge a way forward.

“Inspite of what the commission communicated in the stated press communications on the matter, you have continued to ignore and /or neglected observing the standard operating procedures by holding mass rallies and processions, contrary to established guidelines thereby risking the lives of the people. In the process this has resulted into unwarranted occasional confrontations with security personnel,” Justice Byabakama said in a letter dated December 10, 2020.

Mr Kyagulanyi is accused of holding rallies Iganga on November 17, 2020 and Koboko on December 8, 2020, while Amuriat on the other hand is accused of holding mass rallies in Mbarara on November 17 and 18, 2020 among other areas and also holding processions en route to his campaign venues.

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