By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Police have warned presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Patrick Amuriat Oboi aka POA, of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), against flouting the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were put in place by the Electoral Commission.
The warning was issued by Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, who opined that although the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was doing everything possible to safeguard the lives of Ugandans by avoiding crowds, the NUP and FDC candidates were in total breach of the SOPs.
“We have observed that whereas the NRM presidential candidate is observing the SOPs that were put in place by the Electoral Commission to regulate campaigns, other players like those of NUP and FDC are not doing the same,” Enanga, who was speaking during a presser on Saturday said.
He added that “They are not practicing social distancing, do not wear masks and those who converge in crowds during these political rallies have not had their temperatures measured by temperature guns. Many of them do not wash hands or use sanitiser while others are often seen shouting on top of their voices while splashing others with spittle. All these pose a huge health risk to unsuspecting Ugandans because they can result into a sporadic spread of COVID-19.
It should be noted that the police warned a few days ago that they will not hesitate at arrest presidential candidates and or their supporters if they are found breaching the SOPs aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 during campaigns ahead of the 2021 election.
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