A controversial Movie allegedly critical of President Museveni and his government, has landed Jude Mbabaali, the Democratic Party parliamentary candidate for Bukoto central seat in trouble.
Mbabali was picked up by police last evening at Bijanse trading center, where he was screening the movie and released shortly after. Mbabali is facing off Edward Ssekandi, the speaker of parliament.
The movie known as "Speak Out" was produced by Konrad Adenear and acted by Patricko Mujuuka and a number of actors from Uganda's Theater Factory. The Movie, which our reporter has seen shows the failed services delivery in the country.
Speak Out also focuses on Bukoto Central, Ssekandi's constituency where the road network, education, poverty, and health services are in a sorry state.
The movie also highlights how Museveni and his NRM Government use soldiers and anti-riot police to forcefully disperse Ugandans every time they come up to demonstrate against issues affecting them.
Recently, Ephraim Tugume Mugisha, Masaka returning officer ordered police to investigate Mbabaali for showing the film at night, arguing that it was illegal for Mbabali to campaign at night.
Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern Region Police spokesman says they found Mbabali showing the movie at 8:30pm. Sserunjogi explains that they arrested him and released there after but confiscated the movie.
Sserunjogi argues that police have confiscated this film from him to study it before preferring charges against Mbabaali.
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Tugume Mugisha, the Masaka returning officer has declined to explain further the electoral laws stopping candidates from watching films. He says the matter is now before police.
But Jude Mbabaali, says that police is acting on orders of Ssekandi who is worried of his support saying that confiscating the movie will not deter him from exposing Museveni, Ssekandi and NRM failures.
He however accuses police and electoral commission for failing to investigate speaker Ssekandi who uses government vehicles.
But Speaker Ssekandi says he does not have to ask for permission or return his facilities during campaigns.
He claims that articles 82 paragraphs 8-9 of the constitution empowers any government officer whose pay is charged from consolidated fund to remain with Government facilities.
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Ssekandi has also blasted Mbabaali for engaging in rumor- mongering when showing films at night.