FDC sues ‘partisan NRM cadre’ Kayihura



Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has sued the chief of police, Kale Kayihura, who they accuse of being a partisan “NRM cadre”.

On Saturday, the police blocked FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, from holding a rally in Rukungiri town.

The retired colonel was waylaid in Masaka, Lyantonde and Kanyaryeru along Mbarara road and cornered by police.

Police also arrested his entourage including senior party members and Members of Parliament.

In Lwengo town council, Besigye survived an accident in barricades staged by police.

In a suit lodged at the High Court in Kampala, the opposition political party accuses Kayihura who has now been labelled “an NRM cadre” of illegally blocking their pre-nomination rallies.

Filed by FDC deputy electoral commissioner, Michael Kabaziguruka, the lawsuit seeks a court declaration allowing campaigns and rallies for parties and individuals vying for various elective positions.

The party contends that these rallies are lawful and should not be subject to the Public Order Management Act.

According to court documents quoted by KFM, a Monitor publications affiliated radio, FDC challenges the directive by the Electoral Commission (EC) stopping aspiring candidates from holding public meetings of any kind until after nominations.

FDC says it’s the same commission that issued a roadmap in May this year detailing all electoral activities.

The FDC contends that it is the basis of this roadmap that they embarked on a campaign to reach out to the public expounding on their political and economic agenda for the country.

In the document, FDC asks court to enlighten the IGP and EC that all political parties are guaranteed the rights and freedoms to hold campaigns during the pre-nomination period.

Kiggundu speaks

Addressing press this morning, EC boss, Eng Badru Kiggundu, said they will not allow any presidential candidate to hold public meetings before official campaigns.

“The law is very clear on campaigns,” he said, warning that aspirants who do breach the procedure will be dealt with, accordingly.

Kiggundu reiterated that campaigns will start on November 9, 2015.

He also denied accusations by FDC that the “biased commission” allocated their booked time to President Yoweri Museveni.

Kiggundu said only Museveni and Amama Mbabazi have booked the 3rd of November for nomination.

“We have not received any formal communication from FDC as regards nomination dates,” Kiggundu clarified.

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