“Kanyama” is a term given to heavily muscled men usually employed as security guards for prominent politicians and by night clubs as “bouncers”.
Kayihura was speaking at Electoral Commission offices during the meeting with presidential aspirants last week.
Also present were; Attorney General, Freddie Ruhindi, and EC boss, Eng Badru Kiggundu.
Mbabazi’s lawyer Fred Muwema was concerned about police ruthlessness in dealing with his client’s peaceful crowds.
He called for restraint from police and reiterated that no one including EC was above the law.
“There is no legal requirement for presidential aspirants to conduct consultation meetings in a town hall,” Muwema pointed in reference to a ban by EC on Amama’s public rallies.
Kayihura reminded Muwema that is was his client [Mbabazi] who introduced idea of town hall meetings.
“He is turning consultations into open campaigns.”
Kayihura then turned attention to Mbabazi’s security team which police accuses of obstructing them from observing law and order on both Soroti and Jinja rallies.
One of Mbabazi’s guards was reportedly shot in Jinja as police teargassed his supporters.
The head of Mbabazi’s security team, Christopher was a week back kidnapped, produced in court last week, charged with assault and later released on bail.
Kayihura said he will engage Mbabazi who he accuses of surrounding himself with kanyamas or muscle men.
In the same light, Kayihura said he will engage Maj Roland Kakooza and city Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, on creation of militias.
He quoted the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, and Aruu county MP, Odonga Otto’s addresses on crime preventers saying they [crime preventers] are non-partisan.
Kiggundu takes swipe on Amama
EC boss Kiggundu also said they have not allocated any symbol to Mbabazi and “whatever he is flagging has not been given to him by us”.
Kiggundu expressed surprise at “those who call us ‘illegal chaps” saying they [accusers] too participated in drafting the Constitution.
He said aspirants should stay within provisions of the law and that those who claim to have made the law [Mbabazi] perhaps thought of breaking it in future.
“One wonders how processions and rallies can be conducive for a consultative process. Rallies are characteristics of campaigns,” Kiggundu pointed out.
“Consultations mean exchange of views to reach a decision. Venue, mode and manner of a consultative meeting must facilitate views exchange.”
He said just like any other aspirant, FDC’s Kizza Besigye cannot campaign until he is duly nominated as a presidential candidate.
“At this phase of electoral period there are no presidential candidates and therefore campaigns are not allowed.”
Attorney General, Ruhindi also took his swipe at Mbabazi: “You can’t want freedom at the expense of stability. Freedom to associate has limitations because we need stability in our society.”
“If police say ‘you cannot hold a rally here, appeal to the magistrate.’ The public law is good for regulation of public order,” Ruhindi continued.
According to Ruhindi, the Public order law was supported by Government and opposition sides.
“It’s meant to protect life and property and maintain law and order.”
“As an independent aspirant, you cannot campaign against yourself before being nominated. Standing with a microphone speaking to a crowd to support your cause and vote for you is not a consultation.”
Ruhindi also cited the distribution of campaign materials intended to solicit votes saying that can be done at campaign stage.
“Consultations are preparatory stages before you are nominated as presidential candidate. Consultations means exchange of views to reach a decision. You can’t define everything in legislation.”