Uganda nominates presidential candidates


Uganda on Tuesday opened the nomination exercise of presidential hopefuls who will take part in the 2016 general elections.

The two-day nomination exercise for 2016 presidential candidates gets underway at Namboole Stadium in Wakiso district.

Four presidential candidates will be nominated starting with President Yoweri Museveni (10am), Amama Mbabazi (11am), Prof Venansius Baryamureeba (12pm) and Charles Lwanga (2pm).

After nomination, Museveni will hold a procession to Kololo ceremonial grounds where he will address a public rally.

On the other hand, Mbabazi will also hold a procession across the city and address a public rally at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium where he will launch his manifesto.

Security high 

Security has already deployed across the city to ensure smooth presidential activities.

Police also moved early to seal off Spear- Nakawa-Ntinda junction all the way to Namboole to pave way for a smooth traffic flow of the presidential aspirants.

Early today, the Electoral Commission also reiterated the need to follow guidelines by aspirants.


Security at Nakawa junction

Police warns

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, last evening issued a statement warning aspirants against hate speech in their posters and fliers.

Enanga said some political parties and actors were planning to use abusive posters and articles.

“It is true, the Police does recognize the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the constitution, but such rights are not ‘absolute’ and must be exercised in such a manner that does not transcend the boundaries of decency and morality or disturb public order or amount to defamation and or give incitement to an offence,” Enanga said in a statement.

He warned potential offenders that hate attacks on personal character and conduct of political rivals in utterances and through posters tends to incite mutual hatred, disharmony and aggravates the differences between political parties and individual citizens.

He said offenders would be charged with a criminal act.

“All supporters are advised not to create any obstructions or break up meetings or processions organized by other parties or create disturbances at public meetings organized by another political party,” Enanga said.

He urged candidates to comply with the directions given by police during their processions.

Only Museveni will be allowed access to the venue in a convoy of not more than two vehicles with the rest staying at Nakawa junction.

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