It’s nolonger news that police have taken over the management of the election process in the on-going campaigns especially for presidential candidates. From Kitgum-Mbale, from Moroto to Kasese, From Busia to Kabale police is proving to be in charge of the campaigns.
Following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine in Luuka leading to the protests that left over 45 Ugandans killed by security, majority still nursing wounds and 100s arrested in the different parts of the country, Electoral commission broke the silence on the matter.
Few days the Chairman of the electoral commission Justice Byabakama Simon Mugyenyi wrote to the Inspector General of Police on the continued blocking and failing presidential candidates from campaigning in several districts, smoking candidates from radio studios even after they have paid huge sums of money.
However, in the letter the Byabakama only said he’s told, sees on media that police are misbehaving and taking over the responsibilities of managing the elections. In reality country wide, unless for the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is freely moving, but for the rest of the candidates, it’s police to decide on how and where candidates should meet their supporters from.
Candidates Mugisha Muntu, Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine have faced the wrath of Ochola’s unruly men in uniform who have blocked them from accessing several districts in the name of enforcing Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures hence making it hard for them to reach to their supporters.
Now in reply to the Byabakama letter, IGP Ochola has tasked the EC boss to explain in details how his men are causing havoc to presidential candidates with evidence but if he has no evidence to show even when every Ugandan see it on a daily basis, police and its sister agencies will continue doing what they are good at.
This leaves Ugandans in utter shock and mixed reactions on who exactly is in charge of the elections but so far, police has taken over 80% of the roles supposed to be undertaken by the electoral commission.