Mwesigye, Mayambala call off rallies in ‘free Bobi Wine’ protest

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By URN/ The Observer

More presidential candidates have announced the suspension of their campaigns until another presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu is freed.

Independent candidates, Willy Mayambala and John Katumba have also joined Gen. Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) and independent presidential candidate Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde in suspending their campaigns following the arrest and continued detention of Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform candidate.  

Kyagulanyi and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat were arrested yesterday from Luuka district in eastern Uganda and Gulu respectively, for allegedly flouting COVID-19 standard operations procedures (SOPs) issued by the ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission.

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Although Amuriat was later freed, Kyagulanyi still remains in police custody and is yet to be produced in court.

Yesterday, Muntu and Tumukunde announced the suspension of their campaingns over Kyagulanyi’s arrest and the ensuing protests that erupted across the country.

Today, 24-year-old Katumba, the youngest candidate in the presidential race says he has postponed his campaigns in Bukedea until when Kyagulanyi is freed. He says that his campaign in Kapchorwa was interrupted yesterday when security operatives started beating up members of his campaign team while intercepting Kyagulanyi’s protestors.

According to the recently revised guidelines, gatherings of any kind were limited to not more than 200 people, who also need to have facemasks and keep an acceptable social distance.

On his part, Mayambala who recently announced that his campaigns will be virtual told URN that he will not continue and has headed to Nalufenya police station in Jinja to secure Kyagulanyi’s release. 

Another presidential candidate, pastor Fred Mwesigye who was scheduled to campaign in Kampala today has also halted the campaigns at the asking of the Electoral Commission.

However, other presidential candidates Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party and independent candidates Joseph Kabuleta and Nancy Kalembe confirmed that they would be continuing with the campaign trail. Mao started the day in Kikuube before proceeding to Hoima later in the day. Kabuleeta will be in Lira.

Meanwhile, a sizeable number of NUP supporters have camped outside Nalufenya police station where Kyagulanyi continues to be held. 

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