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Kathika vows to deal with whoever tries to defame his name

By Zalimon Basighalha (Goodluck)

The National Unity Platform-NUP flag bearer in the Busongora South by-election has threatened to sue whoever will defame his name ahead of the voting day slated for August 18.

Jackson Mbaju Kathika, who is currently holding consultative meetings, says a section of other opposition politicians are spreading false information about him and the entire NUP party.

Kathika accuses Eng. Ronald Bwambale Kabuku, the FDC Secretary for Mobilization, William Musabe Nzoghu and the Kasese Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Florence Kabugho for allegedly defaming him claiming that he was behind the Army and Police raid at the Rwenzururu Royal Palace in 2016 where over 100 people lost their lives.

He adds that they say himself and the National Unity Platform were planning to disorganize campaigning programs of some political candidates in the by-election.

Kathika told the press in Kasese town that the mentioned persons committed the offense while at Kibiri, Rwentutu and Mbunga.

According to the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 section 73(1), a person who, before or during an election for the purpose of effecting or preventing the election of a candidate, makes or publishes or causes to be made or published by words whether written or spoken, or by song in relation to the personal character of a candidate, a statement which is false; which he or she knows or has reason to believe to be false or in respect of which he or she is reckless whether it is true or false, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twelve currency points or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.

He used the same platform to call upon his fellow aspirants to desist from including issues related to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu in their campaigns.

Responding to the accusations, Kabuku who refuted the claims, said while at Kibiri during their consultative meeting, a section of NUP supporters stormed them with an intention to disrupt the meeting. Kabuku also revealed that as FDC, they are ready to work with NUP since both are opposition political parties.

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