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BATTLE LINES: DP, EC Clash Over Usuk, Butambala Vigilantes' Deployment

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see http://chimpreports.com/elections/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php geneva;”>DP Executive Secretary, information pills http://ciudad-deporte.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php Mathias Nsubuga, price has revealed his party will deploy “as many trained vote protection agents as possible” in the Usuk and Butambala by-election due Wednesday.

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Nsubuga told press at the party headquarters in Kampala the sub-counties are too big, adding; only five people can’t guard the votes against “the armed opponents who have deployed heavily including police so as to scare and intimidate the voters.”

The statement could stoke tensions between DP and the EC before sparking violence during the elections.

Nearly all recent by-elections have been violent.

Nsubuga said in Gombe sub-county, supporters from Nakawa and Makerere are to guard the votes, while Kibibi will be under the protection of vigilantes from Rubaga division.

In total defiance of EC, which has threaten to cause the arrest of the vigilantes in the respective voting areas, Nsubuga maintained Bulo will be guarded a group of youth from Kawempe and Mityana.

He noted other arrangements are in place to secure other sub-counties.

Nsubuga has also warned the police to stop interfering in the electoral process, saying they should wait to be called upon by the EC in case they are needed.

The DP stalwart, who recently captured Bukoto South MP seat after a bloody election, said the heavy deployment by the police is a clear indication that the NRM is ready to rig the votes and cause havoc.

Police maintain their deployment is meant to keep law and order.

DP’s Muwanga Kivumbi and NRM’s Faisal Ssali Kikulukunyu are among the six contenders for the hotly contested Butambala seat which fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Kikulukunyu over election irregularities that involved bribery

Other contestants include Ibrahim Tomusange Batemyetto of the Uganda Federal Alliance and independents Faridah Nakiboneka, Farouk Walungama, and Sharif Ssentongo.

The death of Independent MP Michael Oramait left the Usuk seat unoccupied thus compelling his 19-year-old daughter Proscovia Alengot Oromait of NRM to move to replace her departed dad in a contest with Charles Okure (FDC), Nicholas Otega (DP), Cecilia Anyokoit (UPC) and other six independent candidates.

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