Police summons Anite, Kateshumbwa over illegal processions

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Police has summoned Privatisation minister Evelyn Anite and Parliamentary Aspirant Dickson Kateshumbwa for controlling the spread of the viral disease issued by both the Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission.  

Anite over the weekend led a procession in Koboko town while giving out an ambulance to constituents.

She later denied being in Koboko at the time and even claimed it was never a political rally.

In Sheema district, police arrested supporters of Sheema Municipality MP aspirant Kateshumbwa for allegedly violating COVID19 guidelines.

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Kateshumbwa, a former employee of Uganda Revenue Authority is seeking endorsement from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to contest for the seat.

The seat is currently occupied by Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, the Minister in charge of Science and Technology.  

The chairperson of the Sheema District COVID-19 task Force Frank Kyerere told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that Kateshumbwa held a procession around Sheema Municipality, disregarding all guidelines issued to ensure that the disease, which spreads through person to person contact is forestalled.

Police commanded by the Greater Bushenyi Regional Police Commander Bosco Otim tried to block the process by mounting roadblocks to stop Kateshumbwa’s supporters from proceeding at Koga, the border of Mbarara and Sheema.

However, the police teams were overpowered by the multitudes of supporters.

The procession brought business and traffic to a standstill along the Mbarara-Sheema road, and around Kabwohe town.

Kyereere says that besides the absence of physical distancing, the majority of Kateshumbwa’s supporters had no face masks, adding that the police has been advised to investigate them for participating in a negligent act which is likely to spread infectious diseases and disobedience of lawful orders.        

Bosco Otim, the Greater Bushenyi Regional Police Commander said that they have arrested several people and blamed Kateshumbwa for doing the opposite of “what he knows better”. 

Kateshumbwa says that he did not plan the procession, neither was he aware that in the process of welcoming him after the nomination, his supporters flouted some COVID-19 guidelines.  

Dr Polly Nkwasibwe Katate, the political assistant to Kateshumbwa blamed the police that tried to block them when they were in the confines of the Standard Operating Procedures.    

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