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KAYUNGA: Police impound NUP candidate’s sound truck

Nakwede’s sound truck was impounded by security. URN photo

Kayunga, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police have declined to release a sound truck belonging to the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate Harriet Nakwede, for the Kayunga LC V chairperson by-elections. Police and the army intercepted the sound truck at around 8pm on Monday evening as the NUP team was returning from the campaigns.

The truck is grounded at Kayunga police station. Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Region Police Spokesperson says that they impounded the truck because the NUP team was campaigning past curfew hours despite police warnings since the start of the campaigns.

However, Harriet Nakwede accuses police of impounding her sound truck to sabotage her final campaigns fearing the presence of her party principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

“No military weapon or order will change people’s will,” she said. The Kayunga LC V chairperson by-elections are scheduled for Thursday this week. There is heavy deployment of the UPDF and police in various areas in the district to stop Kyagulanyi from attending Nakwede’s final campaigns.

Police have erected three security checkpoints along Mukono-Kalagi road. Each of the checkpoints is being manned by armed police and military officers. The officers are currently screening each vehicle heading to Kayunga district.

Police have also set up another checkpoint at Naggalama police station and River Ssezibwa bridge. This is in addition to other checkpoints starting from Njeru in Buikwe district, Bukolooto junction and within major town centers in Kayunga district.

Although the Kayunga Resident District Commissioner Ssempala Kigozi says the heavy deployment is meant to secure ground for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is expected to be in the district to rally support for the NRM candidate Andrew Muwonge, one of the officers told URN on condition of anonymity that they have instructions to ensure that Kyagulanyi does not sneak into the district.

Our reporter has also established that a security meeting attended by RDCs from Mukono, Buikwe, Jinja, Luwero, and Kayunga resolved to establish checkpoints facilitated by each district to stop Kyagulanyi together with other NUP supporters from crossing to Kayunga.



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