Hoima district by-election
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party seeks investigation into the heavy military deployment in today’s Hoima District by-elections. Photo/URN

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party seeks investigation into the heavy military deployment in today’s Hoima District by-elections

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party Secretary-General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi has authored a complaint against heavy army deployment in today’s Parliamentary Woman representative of Hoima district by-elections.

Addressing the Electoral Commission in a letter dated 25th, September 2019, Nandala says FDC wants electoral commission (EC) to investigate circumstances that led to the heavy military deployment in Hoima District by-elections.

In Nandala’s remarks, he says the heavy military officers’ deployment in Hoima District is intended to intimidate and threaten voters from making their own choices in this vote.

Nandala further said harassment, arbitrary arrests, repression and beating of people by the military in the run-up to the polling stations have been continuously directed towards opposition supporters and today they are living in fear for their lives.

Nandala further demanded the withdraw of military operatives from Hoima District and replace them with Police who are mandated to keep law and order in the country.

“We know that Uganda is adequately trained and informed of all aspects of electoral laws and procedures of free and fair elections,” Nandala said.

FDC supporters were last week teargassed by Police Officers after they conducted a demonstrated when authorities blocked their candidate, Asinansi Nyakato from accessing Hoima District radio stations to address her supporters.

Hoima Woman District representative in parliament seat went vacant after the former representative, Toplace Kaahwa Byagira left to go and represent the newly formed district, Kikuube District that started its official duties on the 1st July 2019.

Nandala’s remarks follow the Kyadondo East legislators message, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine at the last campaign rally held on Tuesday 24 September of Asinansi Nyakato who held the opposition flag for this seat, arguing voters not to fear and be intimidated by the military presence ahead of the elections.

Bobi Wine informed opposition supporters that the officers on the ground are Ugandans who are facing related issues, the rest of Ugandans are going through.

“They are our fellow Ugandans. Don’t get angry with them. Let them not intimidate you. In the previous by-elections we had, they brought those police trucks, but we defeated them in Jinja, Bugiri, Rukungiri and Arua,” Bobi Wine said.

While Nyakato in her message to her supporters asked them to give her a protest vote, an indication of saying no to oppression, land grabbing, poor service delivery and being taken for granted.