Democratic Party presidential candidate Nobert Mao has become the latest presidential candidate to suspend his campaigns over the arrest of National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Earlier, presidential candidates; Gen Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), independent candidates John Katumba, Willy Mayambala, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, pastor Fred Mwesigye too announced the suspension of their campaigns over the continued detention of Kyagulanyi.
Kyagulanyi who was arrested yesterday morning from Luuka district headquarters is yet to be released or charged in courts of law although police indicated that he was arrested for allegedly flouting coronavirus disease standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Also arrested yesterday but later released is Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA), the Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate. Kyagulanyi's arrest sparked off spontaneous protests all over the country including Kampala, Mukono, Masaka, Hoima, Gulu, Iganga, Luweero, Busia among others.
Security violently responded to the protests by firing teargas and live ammunition which led to the death of at least 19 people within just Kampala and over 68 injured and nursing bullet wounds.
Mao says he's suspending campaigns due to the ongoing violence, killings, harassment, bloodshed, arrest and detention of opposition presidential candidates and innocent Ugandans. Mao announced the suspension of his campaigns today evening while addressing the press at EKA Hoima hotel in Hoima East Division.
Mao says he cannot continue traversing the country soliciting for votes amidst the ongoing bloodshed. Mao who was scheduled to campaign in Hoima and Kikuube districts on Thursday, says all his rallies have been suspended until further notice.
He made it clear that the ongoing tension in the country is a clear manifestation that Ugandans are tired of the current National Ruling Movement (NRM) government headed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and therefore calls for a peaceful transition of power.
He says the killing of innocent Ugandans by security operatives must strongly be condemned adding that the police and other security agencies should stop being partisan in politics. Mao has advised the police to ensure by all means that they stop the violence by not surrendering their constitutional duty to armed civilians who he says are currently taking charge and recklessly shooting at innocent Ugandans.
The DP party president has further tasked the Electoral Commission to suspend the 2021 general elections saying where the country has reached, the outcomes of the elections are not going to give a levelled ground to Ugandans.
Mao pledged that if he resumes campaigns and is elected president, his government would establish a public university in Bunyoro subregion.
He says it is very absurd that the NRM government that has been in power for the last 35 years has failed to establish a public university in Bunyoro yet it is the region where Museveni gets a lot of votes. He too pledged to ensure that Bunyoro gets a special revenue sharing on Oil following the discovery of the resource in the region.
The Electoral Commission set November 9th to January 12th, 2021 as campaign periods for presidential candidates and members of parliament with elections set to be held on January 14th. Eleven presidential candidates have been nominated to contest for the presidency by the electoral commission.