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DP Kampala Woman MP candidate Sumaya arrested, rejects police bond



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Sumaya Muwonge (C) with her supporters earlier

Sumaya Muwonge (C) with her supporters earlier

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) candidate for Kampala Woman MP, Sumayiyah Muwonge is under detention at Jinja Road police station on allegations of defying Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

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Muwonge, according to the deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire was arrested yesterday at 7 pm when she gathered a crowd to canvass for the votes ahead of next week’s elections.

Owoyesigire says besides defying Covid-19 SOPs, Muwonge was campaigning past 6 pm which was also against the time recommended by the Electoral Commission. Police said Muwonge became defiant when police tried to engage her, the reason she was arrested and detained.

Owoyesigire says Muwonge’s other three co-accused have been released on police bond but for her case, she demanded to be released unconditionally since she believes she has committed no offence.

“We decided to give her bond but she declined it insisting that her lawyer must be around. The lawyer has failed to show up. We have released her colleagues on bond. We have submitted the case file to DPP for guidance,” Owoyesigire said.

Lawrence Lubega, a brother to Muwonge and her driver, said the fracas ensued at Kirombe market, Luzira in Nakawa Division when the electorate questioned police that was trying to foil her meeting. Lubega claims that police in Luzira confronted Muwonge and her team at around 5 pm ordering them to leave. But Muwonge demanded to know why police were stopping her from conducting a meeting with her probable voters.

“When the people questioned the Luzira OC, he called Kitintale police. Muwonge and her team decided to leave and indeed we were on our way back to the town centre when the police blocked us. She was arrested with Nakawa East MP candidate Charles Keeno. Keeno was released but for her case, she was taken to Jinja Road police station,” Lubega said.

Electoral Commission chairman justice Simon Byabakama on December 26 last year banned physical campaigns in 12 districts including Kampala claiming candidates had consistently defied Covid-19 SOPs yet the cases were on increase.

Muwonge will be facing among other candidates National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Shamim Malende, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Dr Stella Nyanzi and National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Faridah Nambi.

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