The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has blamed Uganda Police Force over last week’s mass rally held by the state minister for Microfinance, Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo at Kalisizo in Kyotera district.
On December 3, Kasolo hosted NRM supporters at a fete to launch campaigns for NRM candidates in Kyotera district but without respect of the Electoral Commission (EC) and Ministry of Health guidelines intended to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Addressing journalists at the weekly NRM Secretariat press conference held at the party headquarters in Kampala, NRM national treasurer, Rose Namayanja, said that minister Kasolo’s crowd left the party leadership wondering why and how such a rally would be held at the time when the country is battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The first person who got concerned was the secretary-general [Justine Kasule Lumumba] who after seeing the crowds in pictures and videos contacted the Inspector General of Police and asked the police to investigate,” Namayanja said.
Namayanja however said that Kasolo had also indicated to them that his opposition rivals had also held similar gatherings but nothing was being done to them.
Therefore, Kasolo reportedly wanted to show them that he also has supporters, which the party says is not right.
Namayanja has appealed to police and all the law enforcement teams to do their work saying Covid-19 is real and it doesn’t know the political parties people subscribe to.
The development comes at a time of growing criticism against the police for brutally breaking up opposition gatherings in the name of enforcing the Covid-19 guidelines but turn a blind eye on breaches by NRM candidates.
The government had also issued a directive that all candidates must not have more than 200 people at a given rally and it is police that is supposed to implement it.