By Ronald Kabuye
With just four days left to the polls in Kyandodo East by elections due on the 29th this month, opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC has released a strategy on how they intend to protect their candidate Apollo Katinti’votes.
Addressing a news conference today the party deputy publicist Paul Mwiru said among others they intend to set up a parallel tally center before he appealed to the party members and party leaders in the area to take fully charge of over seeing the process from morning to the declaration time at the electoral commission tally center.
He however clarified that their tally center will only aid them in collection of declaration forms and tally results from various polling station before going to the electoral commission tally center were he purports that they will be declared as winners.
Four people are vying for the Kyandodo East seat including NRM’ sitenda Ssebalu, FDC’ Apollo Katinti, renowned musician Bobi wine alias Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and Sowed Kayongo both on independent.
Meanwhile FDC is demanding for unconditional release of its four members and Nakawa constituency youth leaders who are said to be in police hands following their abduction on separate dates.
Mwiru says that three of the detainees who include Musisi Ibrahim, Kabaale Ivan, Wanzige George have been missing for a minimum of two weeks and they only got to know that they are in custody at the infamous Nalufenya after mounting a search following complains from family members who told the party officials that the trio where abducted by plain clothed state operatives and no charge has been preferred against them while Robert Mayanja has been at CPS in kampala since Friday the 23nd this month after being picked up by field force police unit from FDC kampala offices based at City House.
Mwiru asserts that the four where denied police bonds without any reason hence an appeal to the security managers to exercise restraint even when under orders and never to forget the inherent dignity and rights that ought to be accorded to every citizen.
In the same way FDC has reached out to development partners and international organizations informing them about the latest episodes of misuse and abuse of power, with impunity.
Mwiru concluded that incase police refuses to release their members they will be left with no option but to petition court so that they have them released as its stipulated under chapter four of the Ugandan constitution.