KAYUNGA – As the Electoral Commission (EC) started nominating parliamentary candidates on Thursday, voters in Kayunga district were excited about the successful nomination of their candidates which saw them flaunt Covid- 19 Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs.
After the aspirants being nominated, they made processions in the town while supporters followed them hence prompting the police in Kayunga to fire teargas at them.
Aspirants like the Kayunga Woman MP Idah Elios Nantaba were fired at as she was passing her convoys while waving at her supporters through the town, something that was prohibited by the Electoral Commission.
Never the less, some opposition supporters expressed their dissatisfaction on the matter saying police is selective.
Kelly Lukyamuzi a supporter opposition said: “Aspirants from the National Resistance Movement- NRM were not stopped from arriving that the Registrar’s office with a procession however other candidates in the opposition were supporters while other were teargassed.”
Meanwhile the same scenario happened in Mukono, when police also fired tear gas at the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Betty B Nambooze while at Church in Wantoni.
The legislator who made it a culture to always goes to church before heading for nominations said that she was at St. Paul’s Catholic in Wantoni, Mukono Municipality when police come in and fired teargas in the church during the mass.
“We were 20 people in the church while observing the Standard Operating Procedures when we saw the police coming in and firing teargas at us during mass.” She said
Nambooze alleges that some of her supporters were also beaten up and are currently nursing wounds in hospital. “Some of my supporters were beaten while at the church. This act will not stop us or intimidate us but we shall fight till we have a change in the government.”
On Thursday, 17 candidates have successfully been nominated in Mukono while 15 were nominated in Kayunga.