The police, backed up by the military, stormed Hoima’s Spice FM and stopped a talk show on which presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was appearing.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate had paid Shs 1 million to be hosted on the radio program as per the Electoral Commission (EC) guidelines that require candidates in next year’s general elections to majorly campaign through the mass media as opposed to open mass rallies.
But as soon as Kyagulanyi went on air at about 9:00am, the security personnel moved in and ordered the radio management to stop the broadcast.
The radio management told the NUP team that the security had told them Kyagulanyi was not meant to be in Hoima as per the approved campaign program.
Angered, Kyagulanyi wondered why the EC remains silent when his rights as a presidential contender continue to be violated by the security agencies.
“We paid to appear on Spice FM Radio in Hoima. As soon as I got to the radio this morning, the military and police raided it and ordered the host to immediately stop the talk show. As these violations go on, the Electoral Commission looks on,” Kyagulanyi said.
On Wednesday evening, the police fired teargas and bullets to break up Kyagulanyi’s procession as he moved to his campaign venue in Hoima city because he arrived beyond the designated campaign time.
After blocking his radio appearance, the police escorted the presidential hopeful out of Hoima town into Buliisa where he was met with a heavy deployment of both the police and military who blocked the major roads in the district.
They later fired teargas and bullets to disperse supporters who had gathered to listen to the NUP leader.
From Buliisa, Kyagulanyi addressed rallies in Masindi and Kiryandongo districts