Delegates who turned up for elections of National Woman MP for elderly persons were each bribed with 40,000 Shillings to vote for National Resistance Movement’s candidate Peggy Joy Waako.
Waako, a retired social worker and a renowned activist for older persons’ welfare, was contesting with the former Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Maria Matembe who stood as an independent.
According to the results, Waako polled 640 votes, while Matembe got 56 votes. 703 delegates participated in the elections.
Several delegates who preferred anonymity told URN that they received the cash.
According to the delegates, each district was given 200,000 shillings for the five executive members who form the Electoral College.
“At my age, I cannot lie to you. We received that money I admit. They also paid for our accommodation and meals for Thursday, that is all,” one of the delegates from the central region said.
He added that in the previous regional elections they pocketed not less than two million shillings after getting a ‘token’ from all candidates in addition to their official allowance.
Three more delegates from the Northern and Western regions admitted that they were also given 40,000 Shillings.
Muhammad Muyinda, the chairperson elders’ council of Bugiri District said that with or without being bribed, they would still have voted for Waako because she has been an advocate for older persons.
Although Matembe declined to comment on the matter, URN has established that she has officially complained to the Electoral Commission listing several irregularities that marred the elections.
Fredrick Muwaya Tibakuno, the Kampala returning officer confirmed having received the complaints.
Muwaya noted that besides Matembe’s complaint, he was also wondering how the NRM candidate had used the venue which was hired by the Electoral Commission to convene the delegates without the EC’s knowledge.