The National Unity Platform party spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi has called upon the police and other security agencies to tame their men if the country is to have a peaceful election campaign. His cautioning remarks come just moments after the same call was made by the Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama who urged the IGP to restrain RDCs, RPCs, a DPCs who intercept opposition politicians from appearing on radio and TV stations yet the election has been made entirely scientific.
Speaking at today’s presser at Kamwokya, Ssenyonyi lashed out at the security forces for exhibiting partisan tendencies. “We are all taxpayers just like those you are working for in the NRM. We equally pay taxes like them. Don’t choose a side, work for all Ugandans regardless of their political sides,” Ssenyonyi exclaims. “Tomorrow the Government changes and you’ll have to salute us because we shall be in charge of the country,” he adds.
He also expounds that the NUP is a law abiding entity that will work within the exisiting political legal framework. “We are going to work within the law and we hope security agencies do not interrupt our activities,” he said.
On signatures, Ssenyonyi says the party will submit within the required deadline though it’s already overwhelmed by more signatures coming in. “We shall very well be within the deadline but all required signatures are available,” Ssenyonyi assures NUP supporters.
On the matter of defiant independents who are using NUP symbols on their posters, Ssenyonyi says it’s not a matter to give any attention as the party knows all its duly endorsed members. “Ultimately on the ballot, only our flag bearers will have the umbrella symbols. Whoever is using the umbrella is campaigning for us. We cannot regulate that. We know who our flag bearers are and we shall write to the EC on the same,” he said.