MASAKA- Incumbent Bukoto East Constituency MP Florence Namayanja is seeking police protection citing threats to her life.
In a February 8 letter to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, the legislator, who is seeking re-election on the Democratic Party ticket, says her life is in danger because two of her opponent’s supporters are planning an acid attack on her.
Ms Namayanja says she has recorded evidence where the duo announced publicly at one of the rallies of her main challenger, NRM’s Dr Abdullah Nkoyoyo, to harm her using acid or else beat her severely.
“…the purpose of this letter is to appeal for police protection at her home in Kitenga and at all her remaining campaign rallies,” reads part of the letter issued by Namayanja’s lawyers of Mbabaali and Company Advocates.
In an interview yesterday, Ms Namayanja said she sought police protection due to the stubbornness of the two gentlemen, adding that one of the suspects once strangled her supporter.
The duo were Namayanja’s campaign agents in the 2011 general election where she trounced the then state minister for ICT, Mr Chrysostom Alintuma Nsambu.
Mr Nkoyoyo’s response
However, Mr Nkoyoyo described Namayanja’s petition as a political trick to win sympathy among electorates in the constituency.
“Namyanja is simply feeling the pressure from the kids she nurtured. It is good that she went to police, they will protect her from any danger as she claims,” said Mr Nkoyoyo.
Others in the race
Other contenders in the race are Nsubuga Kizito (Ind.) and Moses Nsamba (Ind.).