By Ivan Mwine
The Omoro District Member of Parliament by-election might have ended but it is aptly far from over.
As you read this, the police have charged Busujju County Member of Parliament David Kalwanga with inciting violence in Omoro District when he and other National Unity Platform (NUP) agents had gone to Omoro to garner support for their candidate Simon Toolit Akecha.
According to Criminal Summons seen by this website, Kalwanga, who was arrested on May 26th, 2022 but later released on police bond, is set to report to Omoro Police Station on June 08th, 2022, to record a statement and show cause why his bond should not be cancelled.
“After brutally arresting me during the #OmoroByElection, I was released on police bond and now @PoliceUg has opened a general enquiry case file on me alleging that I incited violence. I will next week Wednesday appear at Omoro District Police Station to secure my bond extension,” Kalwanga said on twitter shortly after being served.
It should be noted that several NUP agents and stalwarts who had gone to Omoro to canvass votes for Toolit ended up being arrested and although some were released on bond, reports indicate that several are still languishing at various police stations in Omoro, Gulu district and other parts of northern Uganda.
Meanwhile, today the Court at the Law Development Centre (LDC) remanded Kampala Capital City Authority Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura, Anne Adeke, the Soroti Woman Member of Parliament and other female members of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for allegedly inciting violence.
The group was arrested on Monday by police in Wandegeya after they protested the government inaction about the skyrocketing commodity prices.
They were remanded to Luzira Prisons until June 7th, 2022, when they will appear in court for hearing of their bail application.
Their being jailed comes a few days after Buganda Road Magistrates Court remanded FDC stalwart Rtd Dr. Kizza Besigye to Luzira Prison over charges of inciting violence after he failed to execute cash bond of Shs30M.
Besigye was arrested last week over allegations of inciting violence after he rallied Ugandans to stand up against the skyrocketing commodity prices through a pressure group known as The Red Card.
Prosecution told Grade One Magistrate, Siena Owomugisha, that Besigye on May 24, 2022 at Arua Park – Munno Village in Kampala City, without any lawful excuse at an assembly, addressed members of the public implying that it would be desirable for them to demonstrate, yet this act can result into violence and destruction of property.