Monday, November 29, 2010

Vandals destroy Besigye billboards worth Shs30m

The bad elements will do anything to frustrate leading opposition candidate. As Daily Monitor's John Njoroge writes in this November 10 article, vandal's are on rampage defacing Dr. Kizza Besigye's campaign posters.

The Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) says it has lost Shs30 million following the destruction of their candidates’ billboards. The IPC says campaign billboards were vandalised and removed in separate and unclear circumstances.

Acting Police spokesperson Vicent Ssekate said the police was concerned after receiving similar complaints from other political parties over the defacing of campaign posters.

In the last week, Kizza Besigye’s billboard in Masaka Town worth Shs15m and another on Bombo Road worth Shs11m were torn to pieces.

“It is not an isolated IPC incident,” Ssekate said last evening. “All the parties have issued complaints to us from all over the country about their campaign materials being vandalised.”

Mr Ssekate said the police will deal with the vandals. IPC communication bureau coordinator Margaret Wokuri said the coalition had not yet established whether they were isolated incidences or coordinated occurrences.

“We are told that the billboard in Wandegeya was torn by taxi touts who used it as a tent. They are still using it even now,” she said, adding that the one in Masaka was yesterday put back up. She said someone misinformed the service providers that they had not paid.

Efforts to contact the service provider were fruitless as the number availed by Ms Wokuri was out of service. Another billboard of Dr Besigye in the city centre was removed by the service provider just two days after it was erected.
The IPC faced resistance in Sembabule at the weekend when its supporters attempted to erect a Dr Besigye’s banner next to that of President Museveni hours before he arrived to address a rally.

During the presidential nomination exercise, two people were arrested; one at Namboole National Stadium and another in Kawempe after they were caught defacing posters of President Museveni.

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