Two members of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Saturday died in a road accident en route to Omoro District to join their candidate, Simon Toolit Akecha’s campaign team in the forthcoming Omoro County parliamentary by-election.
Denis Waiswa, a mobiliser from Iganga District and Yakub Kiggundu, the LC III councilor for Kazo Angola A in Kawmpe Division, Kampala District, are said to have died after the car they were travelling in overturned along Pallisa -Kumi road.
The accident which left five other people, including a BBS TV journalist, Amon Kitamirike, hospitalized with serious injuries happened after one of the car tyres burst, according to the East Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson Oscar Gregory Ageca.
“The National Unity Platform has learnt with great sadness and shock, of an accident that occurred on the road towards Kumi from Iganga, involving some of our comrades. The car was traveling to Omoro to join our campaign team. We have so far learnt that two of our comrades and leaders, Waiswa Denis from Iganga and Yakub Kiggundu from Kawempe, have passed on,” reads a statement posted on the party’s social media platforms.
A number of NUP leaders led by their president Kyagulanyi Robert were seen on Saturday traversing different parts of the constituency drumming support for their flag bearer.
It’s also expected that more leaders of different parties including president Museveni who’s the chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will be in the area soon to campaign for their candidates.
In the by-election, NRM is represented by Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, the son to former MP of the constituency and Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
In order to get prepared for such high profile visits, the police have mounted several checkpoints and deployed security personnel along major roads within Omoro District.
According to police, this has been done to beef security ahead of the by-election and it’s intended to avert any possible wrong elements from entering Omoro.
The checkpoints will help Police to screen people especially those who are strangers and entering Omoro District at the time campaigns are ongoing and a by-election around the corner, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom told reporters.
The security beef-up comes just days after security claimed that suspicious individuals had been ferried into the district to interfere with the ongoing campaigns and by-election slated for May 26, 2022.