The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has denied having knowledge on the Tuesday fracas in which the Kyadondo East MP, also the presidential contender, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was violently arrested moments after he had pledged to contest for presidency.
Byabakama told reports that he has not yet been briefed about whatever happened on fateful day but said the EC will engage security to assess the situation.
“We are going to sit with security. We want to find out what exactly happened and inquire into it. If we don’t inquire into these things, we might get something worse. What kind of country are we working towards? We must have peace to have a free, fair and credible election,”Byabakama said.
He further said that he has not received any formal communicatiins from Robert Kyagulanyi rejecting the security which was given to him by the EC.
This was after media reports alleged that Bobi wine had rejected the given security explaining that the security officers given to per candidate are supposed to move with them wherever they move.
Byabakama further sent strong warnings to the candidates and their supporters on electoral violence as well as violating Covid-19 guidelines.
“I want to warn some of the presidential candidates that Covid-19 is in our amidst. Don’t mislead Ugandans and try to reduce Covid-19 to a non-existent threat. As candidates come to you seeking your support, be mindful of the virus and that you can only be useful to your candidate if you are healthy and normal,” he said.
However, by publication time, this website had learned that Kyagulanyi has rejected the officers given to him stating that they are meant to limit his political motif.