KAMPALA – Police have said they are set to continue putting down campaign posters of different political contenders in the city that are placed in what they termed as undesignated places.
Recently, a number of presidential, parliamentary and local council candidates’ posters were pulled down by the Uganda Police Force on grounds that they were blocking visibility in the city.
Addressing the media during a press briefing at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, said they will work together with city councils and municipalities to remove all campaign posters in non-gazetted areas.
“Some time back we came out and informed the candidates that once you are nominated, it is important to harmonize the placement of your posters with city council authorities so that they can get correct placement for your posters,” Enanga said.
However, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago noted that it is currently illegal for the city’s governing body KCCA or any other government agency to levy taxes or remove out-door adverts including posters not until the law is passed.
Enanga also commented on the Police and Military raid that was conducted on the National Unity Platform offices in Kamwokya.
He said the items that were confiscated during a security raid on the offices of the National Unity Platform early this week did not contain any money or even signatures of people endorsing Robert Kyagulanyi for the presidency like the party authorities claimed.
He said the operation mounted by a joint security team was aimed at retrieving military and police wear from the NUP offices adding that during the operation, police also confiscated some branded materials.
He explained that the accusations levelled against them that they had confiscated money amounting to Shs 23 million and Kyagulanyi’s nomination forms are baseless.
According to Enanga, the record shows that the items that were picked from the offices included 67 green berets, 233 red berets, 178 badges, 6 rolls of belts, 11 pairs of navy blue warm suits, 102 red overalls, and some written materials detailing plans of attacking security personnel during the electoral process.