DP’s Sekigozi cries foul as posters are torn down

By Jamirat Nandawula

Democratic Party’s (DP) candidate Stephen Sekigozi who is the aspiring member of parliament for Busiro South constituency, is grieving after NRM supporters allegedly tore down his posters in Katabi and Kajjansi Town councils.

“My posters and billboard near Abaita Ababiri police station and Kajjansi have been torn down by one Abbey Mukiibi and other NRM supporters. I spent more than Shs7m on those those bill-boards,” intimated Sekigozi who remains perplexed on how such a big billboard near the police station, could be torn down and taken away in the wee hours of the night.

“When I reached Abayita Ababiri police station I was clearly informed that Abbey Mukiibi of Bufulu village tore down my bill board,” Sekigozi said while addressing journalists on Tuesday. Sekigozi said he is one of the many opposition candidates whose campaign posters have been torn by NRM supporters.

Steven Sekigozi talking with Abaita Ababiri O.C Gilbert Besigye on Tuesday after his posters were torn down. Photos by Moses Sentamu

“Not only have my posters been torn but also those for other opposition candidates like Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi. Our spirit won’t get broken whatever it takes we have to win. However, we are calling upon the police and the electoral commission to come and intervene, lest we shall call for a peaceful demonstration,” Sekigozi said.

He further contends that since open campaigns were not allowed due to Covid-19, it was imperative to have posters in every corner of the constituency so as to bring out a clear message to supporters.

However, Gilbert Besigye the Officer in Charge (O.C) of Abayita Ababiri police post denied having spotted anyone defacing Sekigozi’s posters. “I advised them to have the matter reported at the political desk, Entebbe central police station. It is from there that they can even preview the recorded footage from the CCTV Cameras,” said the O.C. According to Besigye, police posts no longer have a Play-back option of the CCTV Cameras. “Hence the footage can only be accessed from division headquaters,” noted O.C Besigye.

As the country prepares for the 2021 general elections, several violent scenes and riots have been spotted in which some Ugandans have lost lives whereas, many have been injured.

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