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Minister Anite summoned for flouting COVID-19 guidelines

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Evelyn Aniite

The state minister for Investment Evelyne Anite has been summoned by police for flouting COVID-19 health safety guidelines when she held a campaign procession in her home area, Koboko.

Last Saturday, Anite organised a procession where multitudes of her supporters marched through the streets in Koboko town in northern Uganda to celebrate her donation of an ambulance.

Although they were dressed in her campaign T-shirts, imprinted with her portraits, the minister later claimed she did not know about the procession and that she did not organise following a backlash on social media. 

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that Anite and other politicians abused all the guidelines set by the Electoral Commission, risking the lives of Ugandans in Koboko Municipality and also presented an ugly image as a leader to other Ugandans.

Enanga added that although several politicians from different parts of the country conducted similar political activities, Anite’s case was outstanding.

Similar crowds who even 'overwhelmed' police were seen in Sheema Municipality, where supporters of Dickson Kateshumbwa, one of the ruling party aspirants also held a procession. He, too like Anite said he did not organise the procession. 

Enanga said the two have been summoned for disregarding all guidelines issued to ensure that the disease, which spreads through person to person contact, does not spread in the communities. Enanga says that Anite will equally be charged for participating in a negligent act which is likely to spread infectious disease and disobedience of lawful orders.  

"The incumbent MP for Koboko Municipality that is honourable minister Anite Evelyn came in a big crowd, in a procession involving vehicles that is along Oraba road, then entered Koboko Municipality. Police officers in that area managed to track down the organizers because for honourable Anite immediately after she drove back to Kampala but we’re going to get her through our CID headquarters in Kampala. We managed to arrest her campaign manager or agent called Remmy Malizan and all those who organised this illegal procession in Koboko are going to be tracked down, arrested and charged with organising an illegal assembly," Enanga said. 

Meanwhile, Enanga says that police have summoned all regional and divisional police commanders from areas of Mbale, Bulambuli, Napak, Hoima, Kampala, Mbarara, Sheema, Koboko and Mitooma among others to explain to their bosses why they failed to enforce the COVID-19 guidelines.

He added that all police commanders in the country have orders not to be lenient with any politician from any political grouping to violate the COVID-19 guidelines because one of their prime duties as police is to protect people’s lives from threats like COVID-19.

Police has come under criticism for playing blind as minister after minister and other ruling party aspirants continue to flout anti-coronavirus guidelines but go tough on opposition politicians. On the same weekend when Anite held a procession without police intervention, Kyadondo East MP also presidential aspirant was blocked from attending a radio talkshow in Mbale. Police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse his supporters. Likewise, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga was arrested by police for holding a meeting of about 20 people. 

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+4 #1 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-08-11 09:54
Interesting. The Anites are just summoned by police while opposition are violently handled and arrested.

Anite must be smiling knowing the summon is just a PR stunt to appease angry voices criticizing partisan methods of the security forces.
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+2 #2 Apollo Ekelot 2020-08-11 10:17
I suspect that she had protected her "followers" by the power of her Kakwa gods.

Wasn't this the same Anite who in 2016 was photographed in the Liru Mountain of Koboko seeking blessings from her Kakwa gods. I hope the police have a counterforce. Go on Anite go on!!
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+1 #3 Jonathan 2020-08-11 12:16
We want the NRM police force to arrest Anite , the same way they arrested Zake for breaking covid-19 health guidelines.
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+1 #4 Lysol 2020-08-11 12:22
If that political procession was being led by one Robert and others, the overzealous regime's attack dogs would have quickly broken it up.

But the bleach-faced little girl can get away with it.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2020-08-11 14:47
Evelyn Anite Kajanjja is Mr. M7's face and political trial balloon. In 2015, Mr. M7 used Anite to humiliated a senior citizen, Hon Amama Mbabazi and nobody gave a damn.

Not long ago while picking her Nomination Form, Anite categorically told Ugandans and whoever cared to listen that: Koboko/West Nile is a no-go districts for the people's power.

And Anite did not stop there, but said she has already put up roadblocks for the People. But Mr. M7 kept quiet.
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0 #6 Moz 2020-08-11 17:08
Hm!

"...to celebrate her donation of an ambulance!"

Isn't that supposed to be provided from taxpayers' money by the so-called NRM government?
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0 #7 MR 2020-08-11 18:47
All the excuses Anites is making shows an incompetent leader.

Not knowing what her "supporters" were planning, a lairs & someone who can't control her supporters (they don't listen to her just incase she actually tried to advise they to follow guidelines.
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0 #8 Bijega Byabu 2020-08-12 18:15
Quoting Jonathan:
We want the NRM police force to arrest Anite , the same way they arrested Zake for breaking covid-19 health guidelines.


true. Less than that it becomes stupidity that is swallowing Africa and breeding racism and tribalism...
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