Muntu announced the decision to suspend campaigns on Wednesday while meeting supporters in Gonna, Butambala and Mpigi districts. In Kampala, the rioters lit tyres in the middle of roads around Kisekka market, Nabugabo Lane, Nasser road, Nkrumah, City Square, Bombo road and Kampala road.
Muntu says that his party has suspended the campaign tours until further notice. The former commander of defence forces (CDF) was on Thursday scheduled to campaign in Mubende, Mityana and Kassanda and on Friday in Kyankwanzi and Kiboga.
"Unfortunately we have been operating in an abnormal situation and today the situation has become extra abnormal because one of the presidential candidates Hon. Kyagulanyi has been arrested and we understand that a number of people have been shot," says Muntu in part.
He adds that it doesn't make sense to have presidential candidates who have been fully nominated to campaign in a period of 60 days but only for the regime to use terror upon them.
"The regime needs to know that we are dealing with a very delicate situation in this country. They should really stop being reckless because you can do one thing and it sparks off and the problem becomes larger than you anticipated. We don't want to go in that direction," said Muntu.
He urged that the regime pulls back and normalise the situation by first releasing presidential candidate Kyagulanyi and then work towards having sanity in the country.
"I don't know how many people have been shot dead today [Wednesday]. Life is life, nobody wants any Ugandan to lose life. So, if there two, three, four, five people and they are now dead...what for? You want to enforce a stupid order of what you say is Covid and then end up having so many people dead...what for?" Muntu questioned.
Likewise, Tumukunde said that the country is now at a turning point in history and that the actions of the authorities shows disregard of the current state of affairs.
“We will suspend campaigns tomorrow pending the release of the two candidates and we shall continue to further consult to get a more formal decision on police stopping us from reaching the people even when we are following all the rules as possible,” Tumukunde said
Tumukunde says police has intentionally tried to frustrate the forces of opposition under the guise of implementing Covid-19 guidelines. Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate issued a statement condemning the arrest of Kyagulanyi saying that all democracy seeking forces should cooperate in highlighting and combating police brutality.
Former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye also took to his official Twitter handle and demanded the immediate release of Kyagulanyi.
The four-time former presidential candidate now says that all presidential candidates should suspend their campaigns and meet to determine the way forward.