Election 2016

Rwampara: Security Operatives Arrested on Eve of NRM Primaries

The vehicle used by the security officers to wreak havoc in Rwampara

Tension is high in districts of Rwenzori region, symptoms http://changescale.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php following the recruitment of militia groups to disrupt the electoral process.

According to Rwenzori Region Police Commander, thumb http://csnn.ca/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php Denis Namuwoza, some vigilante groups have been trained to disrupt the NRM primaries in the district of Bundibugyo.

He said as security they are overwhelmed by the political threats and cases of assault by some aspiring candidates’ supporters in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo where competition between candidates is tight.

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RPC Namuwoza said police has mapped out the black spots where electoral violence is likely to take place.

These areas include Bugendera county in Bundibugyo, Bundibugyo Town Council, Nyahuka Town Council,  Ntandi and Kico in Bundibugyo.

The rest are Kanyagaramire and Bufunjo sub-counties in Mwenge North, Kyenjojo district;,Kibaale county, Kitagwenda and Kamwenge Town Council in Kamwenge; Migamba and Mikoma in Kyegegwa district and Burahya and Bunyangabu counties in Kabarole where supporters of candidates have been fighting each other.

Police revealed that on Sunday supporters loyal to Hon Margaret Muhanga and incumbent Hon Steven Kagwera for Burahya County clashed at Kaswa Busoro Sub-County and beat up people before escaping.

In Bugendera County, Bundibugyo district, Mr Namuwoza said two militia men were arrested and interrogated.

He revealed that on Saturday night, 37-year Focus Bifumbiro, a business man from Nyankwanzi sub-county ,Kyenjojo district was robbed of his Shs2m by supporters of Mwenge North candidates who were travelling in a Premio brand vehicle registration number UAT 035A.

The RPC further revealed that candidates hired 17 people from Kasese to wreak havoc during elections but fortunately their vehicle was impounded with sticks. They were distributing salt and soap to voters.

Police have since urged the public to remain vigilant as many bad elements could exploit the tense situation to cause confusion.

Namuwoza disclosed that he would continue working with security agencies such as UPDF, ISO, RDC’s office and crime preventers who were vetted to ensure the elections are conducted peacefully.

The four candidates vying for the NRM MP seat for Mwenge North in Kyenjojo include incumbent David Bagumira Muhumuza, Lawrence Akugizibwe (former NAADS officer) and Prutaz Mulimbanyi (former manager Kyamutunzi SACCO).

In Burahya County, Kabarole district, three candidates are vying for the NRM MP seat. They are incumbent Hon Steven Kagwera, Hon Margaret Muhanga and John Businge (director Ibanda University.)
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will on November 4, approved http://csign.net/components/com_newsfeeds/views/newsfeeds/tmpl/default_batch_body.php proceed to Namboole Stadium to have their presidential flag bearer, http://changescale.org/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php Col. KizzaBesigye nominated by the Electoral Commission at 11:00 am.

The FDC Deputy Electoral Commission Chairman, Michael Kabaziguruka told journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi that the party reached the decision after their earlier request to have their candidate nominated on November 3 was rejected by the Electoral Commission.

“We wrote a letter to EC on the 2nd of October asking nomination of our candidate to be on 3rd November but the EC Chairperson, Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggindu denied ever receiving it and gave the day to NRM,” Kabaziguruka explained.

“As a result, knowing that EC has no spine to make independent decisions, we felt we should save them and decided to book November 4 at 11:00pm as the nomination date and time and Kiggundu wrote with confirmation.”

Kabaziguruka revealed that Besigye will thereafter hold massive rally at Nakivubo Stadium in the evening where thousands of  people are expected.

Meanwhile, the FDC boss called upon one of their own, Salim Angoliga to desist from insulting the party’s flag bearer or he would face the party’s disciplinary committee.

The former FDC Defense Secretary came out last week and publicly denounced Col Kizza Besigye, describing him as selfish and greedy.

He accused Besigye of suppressing efforts of anyone trying to take up his position as the leading challenger of President Yoweri Museveni.

“You know we all react differently to defeat, we know Angoliga is still suffering from losing the contest in Namboole during the party’s Delegates Conference where he was standing as Secretary for Security,” said Mr Kabaziguruka.

“We call upon him to accept the bitter truth and stop maligning the people’s president for the good of the party.”
 

Mbarara Police are holding an army officer and Uganda Wildlife Authority officials on charges of threatening the locals with violence during the NRM Primaries campaigns.

The suspects who are now in detention at Mbarara Police Station have been identified as Sylvester Kazoba, dosage http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/wpcc.php 36, more about (UPDF corporal attached to UWA in Lake Mburo National Park), thumb Abel Ashaba, 33, (business man), Capt. Aggrey Aturinde (UWA head office Kampala) and Oliver Agaba, 23 (Private Ranger attached to Lake Mburo Wild Life Authority).

The suspects are thought to be supporters of Gordon Mutima Kappa who is challenging incumbent Vincent Kyamadidi for Rwampara MP seat in the NRM primaries.

They are accused of demolishing over 10 houses of Kyamadidi’s supporters during the weekend.

Mbarara DPC Jaffar Magyezi said the arrests are part of a wider plan to bring sanity in the region during today’s primaries.

Magyezi said the suspects used arms to intimidate Kyamadidi’s fans adding, “They will have to answer for this impunity.”

The identity card of an UWA official arrested for engaging in election violence in Rwampara

The identity card of an UWA official arrested for engaging in election violence in Rwampara

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One of the suspects, Oliver Agaba, told ChimpReports she was hired to wear an army uniform to intimidate Kyamadidi’s supporters in Rwampara but pleaded for lenience from authorities.

“I have nothing to do with elections. I was only used to threaten people in Rwampara.  Otherwise I am a free agent,” she revealed.

Aspiring MP Gordon Mutima told journalists the arrested group had come to pay him a visit but not cause chaos in the villages.

He said the group responded with gunfire after being attacked his rivals’ supporters.

According to OC/CID, Taban Chiriga, the suspects made several shootings to intimidate locals into supporting Mutima.

He appealed to candidates to desist from acting violently during the NRM elections.

The suspects were charged with abuse of office, threatening violence and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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