The inter-religious council of Uganda (IRCU) has condemned the manner under which security forces handled presidential nominations on Tuesday calling for fairness during the election process.
While addressing the media in Mbarara town yesterday, the Secretary General IRCU Joshua Kitakule said the manner through which security forces conducted themselves while arresting Forum for Democratic Change candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi and National Unity Platform candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was a clear indication that the process will not be free and fair.
Kitakule said the country is trying to avoid election violence but the conduct of security agencies might trigger violence.
Kitakule said Uganda has a constitution that guides everybody urging police to always respect the supreme law of the land while carrying out their duties.
Kitakule said as religious leaders, they believe that much as it is the role of police to maintain law and order, but it should be done with dignity, respect and within the confines of the constitution through which Uganda is governed.
The IRCU warned security forces and individual security officers to refrain from using excessive force and apply equal security measures to all political players in the country.
The religious leaders want the electoral commission to make rules governing the 2021 general elections clear to all players in the process.