Security was tight at the Electoral Commission offices in Kampala City and the entire country as the nominations for parliamentary candidates 2021 kicked off.
Despite being warned against moving with large crowds, most contestants arrived with large processions contrary to the four people that were required from them.
The early birds were the National Unity Platform Spokesperson Joel Senyonyi, Muhammad Segirinya, Minister for Lands Hon. Betty Kamya, Rubaga South MP Hon. Kato Lubwama and Kampala MP Muhammad Nsereko.
On the fun side, Kampala Woman MP contestant Hajjat Faridah Nambi arrived on a Grader which left most of her supporters laughing. She said that the reason for moving with it was to show voters that one of the City’s problems is the infrastructure which she is going to change.
Academic papers for the contestants were scrutinized by the Electoral Commission to make sure that they meet the qualifications.
In Mityana District, the National Unity Platform Candidates Hon. Francis Zaake, Joyce Bagala, and Lukyamuzi David Lwanga teamed up to go to the EC offices. After their nomination, they started moving towards Mityana town where their supporters had gathered to meet them but police blocked them, and Hon. Zaake was able to escape from the security agencies and went to meet the mammoth crowd.
The police did not waste any time and started firing tear gas to disperse them and arrested some of them.
In Wakiso District, FDC Party candidate Ibrahim Semuju Nganda’s supporters also faced the wrath of tear gas after they disobeyed the electoral commission orders on public gatherings. The supporters followed their candidate as he went for the nomination but when they reached the road block, police swung into action.
Hon. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda was arrested and taken to the Wakiso District Headquarters for nomination and thereafter to his home where a lot of his supporters were waiting to receive him but police dispersed them with tear gas and carried out arrests.
In Kayunga District, supporters of former ICT Minister Hon. Aidah Nantaba also faced the wrath of police as they were following their candidate to the nomination center. They were dispersed by tear gas as well.
In Kamuli District, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament the RT. Hon Rebecca Kadaga was also nominated for the Bugabula constituency.
The Electoral Commission has warned candidates against campaigning before crowds as it violates the Standard Operating Procedures set up to control the spread of Covid-19. The EC said it will inform them when to start campaigns.