Kayihura asks EC to sanction whoever campaigns at night

Museveni addresses a rally in Gulu on Sunday that ended at 8.30PM. (Credit Monitor)

Museveni addresses a rally in Gulu on Sunday that ended at 8.30PM. (Credit Monitor)

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has asked the electoral commission to introduce sanctions for those violating electoral laws.

Kayihura made the call while addressing election observers at hotel Africana.

Both police and the Electoral Commission are concerned over continued violation of some of the election guidelines during the campaigns.

On Monday, police blocked and then arrested FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, for trying to campaign at Makerere University past 6pm official time.

According to Kayihura, any of the candidates at any level who violates the rules must face some sanctions so as to help police effectively enforce the law.

Earlier on, Kayihura warned Besigye against holding rallies at night while defending the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Yoweri Museveni.

Kayihura is quoted by Daily Monitor, saying Besigye has been adamant to police calls to respect the Electoral Commission regulations on time on public rallies and traffic, and warned the force was prepared to use force to disperse his crowds.

When Gen. Kayihura was asked why he is blaming only Dr Besigye for night rallies yet President Museveni has held two night rallies last week, he said; “President Museveni could have had a reason. I will talk to the managers and see why they did it.”

Dr Besigye campaigned in Wankulukuku, a Kampala suburb, past 8:30pm in the same week President Museveni held rallies at Entebbe and Makerere University past 7pm.

While Kayihura complained Besigye blocked traffic Entebbe area, President Museveni also blocked Ggaba Road on the same day.

According to Monitor, Museveni on Sunday held a rally at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu Municipality, starting at 7.30 pm and ending at about 8.30pm.

The night rally was conducted under the watchful eyes of police officers, who their boss Gen Kale Kayihura, had earlier warned FDC’s Kizza Besigye against holding night rallies while defending Mr Museveni over similar offences, the paper reports.

Speaking in a mixture of English and Acholi, Mr Museveni said despite the much spoken about tension, there would be no violence after the elections.

“The NRM government was the one that brought kuc (peace). There is no way the Opposition can cause violence because they do not know how to fight, how can they?” Museveni is quoted as saying.

He added: “The likes of Dr Besigye and his counterparts have been making a lot of nonsense lately of disturbing the country with false information, but I can assure you the country will be peaceful.”

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