Police in Kamulu is holding two men for disobeying presidential directives.
Sam Kisira and Stanley Ngobi were on Easter Monday nabbed from Luzinga Trading Centre in Wankole Sub County while giving out food stuffs and sanitizers to a group of gathered residents.
“We have in custody two men; Sam Isabirye and Stanley Ngobi who were giving out relief items with inscriptions that promote a politician. This is illegal because the president directed that whoever has items to donate must take it to the District Taskforce in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North Regional Police Spokesman.
This website has established that the duo are main campaigners of Betty Naigaga who last year declared her intentions to contest for Kamuli woman MP seat, a position currently occupied by speaker, Rebecca Kadaga. To make the matter even worse, Naigaga’s team made announcements on Luzinga Community Radio lauding her for what to them was standing with the vulnerable poor.
Eagle Online has further learnt that Naigaga is a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
We could not readily get her for a comment but the Kamuli District NRM Administrative Officer, Trevor Solomon Baleke could not confirm whether she is their registered member.
“That is not how the members of NRM do things. For us as party, we are adhering to the directives of the president because it is in our interest that Uganda as a country wins the battle against Coronavirus,” he said.
“Whoever disobeys the presidential directives does it as a person and has to be treated as an enemy of the people. Our cadres are not using the pandemic to look for cheap popularity, because we are all aware that gathering people is risky in this critical period,” Baleke explained.
On Tuesday March, 31, President Museveni said that distribution of food to a group of people equates to attempted murder.
Museveni advised those who may want to reach out to the vulnerable poor to channel the items through either the national task force committee headed by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda or the taskforce committees at the district headed by RDCs.
He directed the police to arrest individuals who would be found distributing food to people.
Most politicians adhered to this directive and indeed the duo in custody become the first persons to be arrested on such charges.