The Jinja Regional Police Commander Kiira region, SP Edison Nyabongo, says all planned rallies in the town by Amama Mbabazi will not be allowed to take place.
Nyabongo told press in Jinja town that Amama can only hold a consultative meeting but not a rally as was the case in the prior towns he visited.
Speaking at his office along Belle Avenue, Nyabongo said the Town Clerk of Jinja Municipal Council, David Kyasanku, confirmed to them that the venues Amama requested were denied.
Mbabazi told press in Mbale that his team paid money for Kakindu stadium and Kazimingi industrial park and it was received.
Nyabongo further quoted a statement from the Chairman of the electoral Commission, Eng Badru Kigundu, prohibiting Amama from carrying out rallies saying he was still a presidential aspirant and not a candidate.
Mbabazi team threatens legal action
The Chairperson of the organizing Committee for JPAM, Robert Kanusu, is quoted by Daily Monitor saying they were engaging Mbabazi’s legal team to prevail over the matter.
“This is now a legal issue and we are closely in touch with Muwema and others to give us a direction, but the programme still stands as earlier planned.”
Yesterday, Fred Muwema, a lead lawyer of Amama threatened to sue the Electoral Commission officials for blocking his client’s rallies.
Muwema said the audience at consultations is not limited in number as per the law.
Muwema further said Mbabazi “is a compliant citizen who knows that breaking the law is dangerous”.
However, the EC responded saying it was only responsible for conducting free and fair elections and “aspirants must abide by the law”.
The law in this case says Amama as a presidential aspirant can only hold consultations and not public rallies to solicit for votes.
The EC was challenged by a concerned citizen to answer why FDC politicians, Kizza Besigye and Mugisha Muntu, were allowed to hold open public rallies.
“The FDC internal electoral processes are guided by the party’s Electoral Commission. This is a national election exercise,” EC responded on its official Twitter handle.
“It’s not fair for one aspirant to start campaigns when one’s colleagues are simply consulting and mobilising signatures for nomination,” EC clarified.
Meanwhile, as directed, police spokesman, Fred Enanga, says they will continue applying the laws to anyone promoting conflict within the electoral laws to minimize the risk of violence and to also ensure all aspirants follow logical steps laid out in the Electoral Commission Elections Roadmap.