Tuesday January 26 2016

Candidate calls off rallies over police harassment


MAYUGE- One of the candidates in the race for the Bunya West parliamentary seat in Mayuge District, Mr Stanley Bayole, has suspended his campaigns to protest alleged harassment by police.

Mr Bayole, who defected from the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change to the ruling NRM in 2013, told journalists last Thursday that the police detained him last Monday without any reason.

“I had finished my campaigns and as I was walking around town, a group of police officers attacked me and beat me up. This is the third time the police are attacking me. I can’t continue with campaigns. They are being used by my opponents to frustrate my activities,” he said.

The district police commander, Mr Dennis Odoki, had earlier said Mr Bayole had been arrested for allegedly beating up the officer in charge of police operations, Mr Geoffrey Manani, as the Force attempted to stop him from campaigning beyond the stipulated hour of 6pm.

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Mr Odoki had also accused Mr Bayole of making it a habit to breach campaign rules, adding that this was not the first time that he had contravened the law.

“This is the second time Mr Bayole is assaulting police officers on duty. The first incident was at Mbale where he fought officers who were trying to tell him to stop a rally in the area when it went beyond 6pm,” Mr Odoki said.
At last Thursday’s press conference, however, Mr Bayole dismissed Mr Odoki’s allegations and accused the police in Mayuge District of being partisan. He said it was the police officers who beat him.

The candidate said he will not resume campaigns unless Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura intervenes and brings his officers to order.

Mr Bayole, who is an independent, is facing the incumbent, Mr Vincent Waiswa Bagiire, and former Agriculture state minister Aggrey Bagiire.