Kayihura Cautions Presidential Candidates against Night Rallies

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Kayihura says Police would arrest any candidate who attempts to disrupt activities within the city center. His caution comes as most of the presidential candidates prepare for their final campaign rallies in Kampala and Wakiso districts ahead of the February 18 poll.

The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura cautions presidential candidates to respect campaign time and restrain their supporters from breaking stipulated guidelines.

Kayihura says Police would arrest any candidate who attempts to disrupt activities within the city center. His caution comes as most of the presidential candidates prepare for final campaign rallies in Kampala and Wakiso districts ahead of the February 18 poll.

Speaking at a joint media briefing with the Electoral Commission in Kampala, the Police Chief named Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye whose procession in Kampala on Wednesday disrupted traffic and later held a rally more than two hours after the official campaign time.

Guidelines by the Electoral Commission limit campaign time to 6pm. However, FDC's Kizza Besigye has held campaign rallies after 10pm over the last two days in parts of Kampala and Wakiso. NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni and independent candidate Amama Mbabazi have also been cited for campaigning beyond mandatory times in different parts of the country.

Kayihura faults candidates for abusing Police leniency and says the force only relaxed its enforcement to avoid skirmishes with supporters.

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Electoral Commission Chairman Engineer Badru Kiggundu advised the candidates to liaise with the Police to avoid disrupting business activities in the city. He directed the Police to also remove effigies of candidates within the city center.
 
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At least 150,000 officers from Police and other security agencies have been deployed countrywide ahead of the polls. Kayihura however dismissed reports of looming violence, noting that the police is ready to counter any unlawful acts.
  
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.