This photo taken on February 3, 2021 shows Kyengera mayoral contestant Mathias Walukagga (left) addressing journalists at his home in Maya after casting his vote. Looking on is Kawempe north MP-elect Muhammad Ssegirinya. PHOTO/ MICHAEL KAKUMIRIZI
By Job Bwire, Micheal Kakumirizi & Juliet Nalwooga
Police on Wednesday morning raided the home of musician Mathias Walukagga in Maya, Wakiso District and arrested at least 45 people said to be his campaign agents in today’s mayoral election.
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire said the 12 am operation was based on information that a group of people had gathered at the musician’s home for unknown reasons.
“At least 45 suspects, most of them residents of Kawempe Division, Kampala were arrested and are currently detained at Nateete Police Station [Kampala] and Nsangi Police Station on allegations of doing negligent acts likely to spread an infection of a disease,” Mr Owoyesgyire said.
Police said Walukagga, a contestant for Kyengera town council mayoral seat on National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket, was not arrested because he ran and hid in his house upon seeing the detectives.
“The suspects are being processed and will be arraigned in courts of law at any time,” Mr Owoyesigyire added.
However, an eye witness who preferred not to be named said the suspects were Walukagga’s polling agents in today’s elections and their arrest is politically motivated.
He said the raid was led by incumbent mayor, Hajji Abdul Kiyimba who recently lost Bukoto South Constituency MP race (Lwengo district) to NUP’s Twaha Kagabo.
“The operation was led by Hajji Kiyimba. All people found at home were badly beaten and left bleeding. They were all bundled in tow police patrol trucks,” he said.
Mr Kiyimba, an NRM candidate Kiyimba petitioned the Masaka magistrate’s court seeking vote recount but the application was dismissed before he appealed in the High Court which upheld the lower court’s decision.
When asked, Walukagga who was found at his home said the arrest was intended to weaken his campaign camp.
“Most of them are my campaign agents. Others are my friends, mostly musicians. Is it illegal to be visited by a friend? I’m a musician. I was trying to brief them and prepare for today’s campaign,” said the Kadongokamu artiste.
Source Daily Monitor.