The National Unity Platform party presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert is set to meet the Electoral Commission chief, Justice Simon Byabakama over the violence meted out on him as he campaigned in Kayunga on Tuesday.
Following the Monday attempted assassination of him and members of his crew, Bobi wrote to Justice Byabakama notifying him of what had happened. In Kyagulanyi’s letter to the EC, he seeks clarity on whether it is the military in charge of the elections or it’s Byabakama in control. Kyagulanyi put his campaigns at a halt and said he would not proceed until the EC takes charge of the election. “All who have been following our campaigns, you have been seeing what the police is doing,” Bobi told journalists on Tuesday after surviving bullets in Jinja. “My EC bodyguard ASP Kato nearly lost his eye, my friend Dan Magic is critically injured. Police killed 5 on Monday in Nakifuma. The death tolls are rising and yet the EC is very silent. We seek answers from Justice Simon Byabakama to tell us if he is still in charge of the election or it is the police in control,” he added.
The EC acknowledged receiving Kyagulanyi’s complaints and revealed to the press that they are to meet at 11am this Wednesday morning. “We are waiting for Hon. Kyagulanyi and his team at 11am,” the EC mouthpiece Paul Bukenya says.
However, a few minutes to this meeting, police and military have deployed heavily at Jinja and Kiira road to prevent crowds from following the popular opposition leader. Teargas trucks and mobile police cells are seen patrolling all major streets in Kamwokya with the police anticipating a pandemonium.