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Ballot Plane Didn’t Go to Rwanda – Kiggundu

EC official and stakeholders examine the first batch of ballot papers upon tough down at Entebbe last week

Leaders in Kiruhura district in western Uganda yesterday disallowed a meeting organized by the coordinator of the Go Forward campaign in the district Robert Kabatereine, health http://cgt06.fr/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php who wanted to address supporters of Presidential candidate Hon Amama Mbabazi.

Kabateraine a former NRM youth leader recently denounced the ruling party and joined Go Forward of the former Prime Minister.

On learning about the scheduled meeting however, illness local leaders including the Parish and District Internal Security Officers as well as the town council mayor sent in a warning saying that such a meeting would not be permitted anywhere in in Nyabushozi constituency.

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Robert Kabateraine

Robert Kabateraine

Kabateraine told Chimpreports that he and his team had done good work in soliciting support for Amama Mbabazi and that it was yesterday that they intended to meet some of these supporters.

He says he was immediately summoned and questioned by the Parish Internal Security Officer (PISO) Mr. Emmanuel Baranta who threatened to arrest him if he proceeded with the meeting.

“I decided to call the Mayor Mr Safari Mugyenyi, mind but he also warned me against holding this meeting,” he added.

Kabateraine who claims to have lived with several of such threats over the past months, says his name was even deleted from the voters’ register in Kanyaryeru.

When contacted by our reporter, the Mayor Safari Mugyenyi denied the accusations, saying he blocked no one from holding any meetings.

He stressed that Uganda is a democratic state and anyone is free to support or meet his/her own candidate.

“I think he (Kabatereine) might have failed to mobilize his supporters and started accusing us,” Safari said
Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu has discredited claims that the plane carrying the first batch of ballot papers made a stopover in Rwanda to offload some of them.

Kiggundu told journalists on Tuesday that the airway bill issued by the Ethiopian Airlines which carried the papers from South Africa indicates that there was no stop over at all.

“The airplane left Thambo International Airport, medical Johannesburg in South Africa and the airport of destination is indicated as Entebbe Airport. The ballot papers were received in specified quantities and qualities.”

He further dismissed allegations that the Electoral Commission is not aware of the correct number of ballot papers delivered on January 28.

“We received a total of 15, http://curiousmediums.com/wp-includes/taxonomy.php 987,800 ballot papers for Presidential elections so we hope this corrects the wild allegations.”

A total of 361 pallets comprising of ballot papers for Local Government councils elections will arrive at Entebbe International Airport this afternoon at 4pm.

Meanwhile Kiggundu said the commission will later today be receiving the second batch of ballot papers.

The consignment he says contains ballot papers for elections of District Chairpersons, District Directly elected councilors and sub county women councilors.

EC will also proceed with public demonstration of the biometric voter verification system in all districts. The next exercise will happen on February 6 starting 7am until 4pm at each district EC head office.

“The demonstration which was conducted at our district offices was successful and members of the public interacted and appreciated the system,” said Eng. Kiggundu.

He urged the candidates, their agents and the general public to participate in the exercise to learn about the operation of then biometric system.

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