Security tightened in Bugiri as Museveni, Besigye and Kyagulanyi comb municipality in last minute hunt for votes

Kyandondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi engages his crowd as the NRM supporters await National Chairman Museveni at Bukooli Technical School Grounds, Bugiri District (PML PHOTO)

BUGIRI – As campaigns in new municipalities and by-elections close, President Yoweri Museveni, FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye and Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine could cross paths today in Bugiri where a crucial election is slated for July 27.

According to a statement from the NRM Communication’s Officer Rogers Mulindwa, Museveni, the party’s national chairman will hold one rally at Bukooli Technical School in Bugiri on Wednesday [today] afternoon for Mr Francis Oketcho.

On his part, Dr. Besigye will lead a team of senior party officials to mobilise for Eunice Namatende, the party’s flag bearer. Kyagulanyi, although a fairly new MP is a crowd puller being a popular singer. In the recent past he has been instrumental in helping candidates win elections. Kyagulanyi is in Bugiri to support a last minute vote hunt for JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa, another candidate in the highly contested race for Bugiri Municipality’s parliamentary seat.

A combined force of the Uganda Police and Military Police have Wednesday July 25, raided a hotel where Kyagulanyi is staying in Bugiri and several members of his team have been arrested.

Last Thursday Ramanthan Walyendo, a member of Mr Basalirwa’s security detail was shot dead during a campaign rally and was on Friday laid to rest. Basalirwa says the bullet Walyendo took was meant for him.

“It wasn’t a stray bullet because a stray bullet can’t hit in the chest. Up to now police has failed to single out the shooter yet the [Bugiri] DPC was on ground and was in command. The tyres of the trailer I was travelling in were shot and flattened,” Basalirwa said.

On the other hand, the NRM in a statement dated Tuesday July 24, accused the opposition of stabbing their supporters.



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