Local Observers Criticize Police Over Partisan Conduct

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Mohammed Ndifuna, the secretary of CEON, says the opposition has been subjected to intimidation by security agencies during the presidential campaigns, which creates an unfair political playing field.

Local election observers have warned that the partisan conduct of security forces in the ongoing campaigns could promote electoral violence. 

The Citizens Election Observers Network-Uganda (CEON) notes that the recent clashes between Police and opposition supporters in different parts of the country is evidence of a force leaning towards the interests of the incumbent government.

Mohammed Ndifuna, the secretary of CEON, says the opposition has been subjected to intimidation by security agencies during the presidential campaigns, which creates an unfair political playing field. 
  

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Recently, Police fired live bullets and teargas at FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye and his supporters in Bukwo in an attempt to block him from visiting Teriet Camp. A week earlier, Independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi and his supporters faced a similar fate in Lango.

Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director Uganda NGO Forum, says Police should take the responsibility to curtail any forms of violence within rival camps. Short of this, he adds, will worsen the situation as the elections draw near.

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Advocates for women's rights including Regina Bafaki, Executive Director, Action for Women in Democracy (ACFODE) and Jennifer Kagugube, chairperson Women Leadership Development, lament that any form of violence during the election period may discourage several women from active participation in the elections.


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Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga denies this, saying the Police have been instrumental in quelling violence in instances where rival political groups clash. 

 

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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.