Presidential candidate, Pastor Elton Mabirizi, has asked the electoral commission to withdraw its body guards who he termed as “untrustworthy”.
This comes a day after Mabirizi was allegedly kidnapped from his hotel room at Super Kiss Guest House located at Bulanga trading center outside Iganga town.
Mabirizi’s escorts were reportedly occupying a lodge on the opposite side of the road while he was being “kidnapped”.
The candidate was reportedly later found by the LC 1 chairman for Bulanga Center, Paul Kapalaga.
However, the district police commander Iganga, Vincent Mwesigye, said Mabirizi could be mad, and deserved a medical checkup at Butabika hospital of the mentally insane.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said there was no kidnap claiming that Mabirizi sneaked out of the hotel leaving his security personnel behind, and addressed the media at Namasoga village about his alleged kidnap.
Mabirizi fears for his life
While addressing press on Thursday, Mabirizi insisted what happened to him was “a state organized kidnap”.
“My life is in danger but as the next president, I can’t be intimidated.”
He said this happened under the noses of his security personnel provided by the electoral commission to presidential candidates.
“I don’t need security by EC. They are not trustworthy,” Mabirizi told press, asking Eng Badru Kiggundu, the EC boss, to withdraw his men.
Mabirizi says he consulted his people before commencing campaigns arguing that his own people cannot harm him.
“I ask the EC to withdraw their protection. My own people can’t kill me.”
Once again, Mabirizi appealed to the United Nations to come to his rescue.
Earlier, his running mate Maureen Kyalya asked for a UN chopper to ease their movements.
Police says it has started investigations into the alleged kidnap.
Enanga says Mabirizi has already recorded a statement at Jinja Police station to aid them in their investigations.
Enanga says there is conflicting information regarding the alleged kidnap and the presidential candidate needs to give more details on what transpired.