Gen. Kayihura Warns: I Am Ready For Kasese By-election Battle

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While addressing journalists at the electoral commission headquarters on Monday, Kayihura warned: “Political parties always bring kanyamas (vigilantes) to the polling stations and they end up disrupting the electoral process, but in Kasese we won’t allow that.”

He warned whoever dared to disrupt the electoral process that he had already dispatched police officers in both uniforms and civilian wear in the area who are well trained to counter the opposition youth.

“These kanyamas yesterday attacked a police patrol car in the area, fought with the police men and went off with a radio call. How can civilians attack policemen and over power them? This is actually what has compelled me to dispatch armed men to the area,” charged Kayihura.

When a journalist asked him how the public is going to differentiate between the civilian-dressed security operatives and kanyamas, Kayihura brought the entire room to laughter when he answered that it is easy to differentiate them from their physical appearance.

“Kanyamas are huge while the men I sent are small,” he said.

Kayihura also asked to know from the chairperson of the electoral commission, Eng. Kiggundu, the role played by FDC’s Francis Mwijukye in the electoral process.

“This man has always been at all of the by-elections and he even goes ahead to take charge of the polling stations – something which even I cannot do. So I want to know his position otherwise I won’t tolerate his chaos in Kasese and I am well prepared for him,” warned Kayihura.

Meanwhile, the electoral materials were dispatched to Kasese this morning, the electoral commission chairperson told journalists.

Kasese is to hold parliamentary and local council by-elections on August 8, with 303,127 people registered to take part in the elections.

Three candidates; Rosemary Masiko (DP), Winfred Kiiza of FDC and Rehema Muhindo of NRM are the only candidates in in the race after independent Betty Kayenzu withdrew from the race.

However, stiff competition is between FDC’s Winfred Kiiza and NRM’s Rehema Muhindo.

For the first time ever, the voters will be allowed to mark in the photographs of candidates of their choice. Kiggundu defended this by saying it was constitutional.

Kiggundu also informed journalists that during the cleaning exercise for the national voters register, 1,229 persons who appeared more than once on the Kasese register were identified and their names deleted.


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