Jinja Opposition Politicians Accuse RDC of Harassment

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The Jinja Resident District Commissioner Livingstone Katenda Luutu is under fire from politicians for interfering with election campaigns. They way that on several occasions police have stopped campaign rallies on the orders of the RDC. Often, no justification for the cancelled rallies is given. Mubarak Kirunda, the Forum for Democratic Change candidate for Jinja Central Division, says he has received personal threats warning him about canvassing for votes. He claims that officials sent by the RDC have warned him that he could be jailed if he continues to meet his supporters on a one-to-one basis in the late evening and at night. Yesterday the incumbent Mayor of Jinja, Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, was confronted by anti-riot police at a scheduled rally at Alliance Nursery School. The police ordered the meeting to disband immediately although it had been previously approved by the Electoral Commission. Alex Waiswa, a Democratic Party member, who witnessed the obstruction blames says opposition politicians are prepared for the worst in the run up to the election. He says the ruling National Resistance Movement is desperate and is using the police to silence voices of dissent. //Cue in: "It makes no sense ..." Cue out: "... want to stop."// Robert Kanusu, the Uganda People's Congress candidate for the Jinja LC5 chair, says his party is sure that accusations of state harassment will continue through the election season. He says that despite this, they are not afraid. //Cue in: "I am sure ..." Cue out: "... network worldwide."// The Jinja police officer in charge of operations, Gerald Okitoi, says he was ordered to stop yesterday's DP rally on the orders of the RDC. ###