The police and the army deployed heavily in Sembabule district to avert deadly clashes between supporters of rival candidates in today’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections to choose its parliamentary candidates for the 2021 elections.
All eyes were Mawogola North constituency where Shartis Musherure, a daughter to outgoing MP and Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, is competing with Godfrey Aine Kaguta, a brother to President Yoweri Museveni.
The constituency has recorded the highest cases of violence between supporters of the two candidates whose strong connection to the first family could not allow them conduct peaceful campaigns.
Being that the two candidates are heavily armed, it called for the deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Muzeeyi Sabiiti to camp in the district to supervise the forces that were deployed ahead of the polls.
Violent clashes however continued, forcing the NRM electoral commission to suspend elections in the constituency.
George William Katokoozi, the NRM registrar in the district said that the suspension of the elections was based on Museveni’s orders.
Mawogola North is second constituency in the district after Mawogola West where NRM primaries have been called off due to violence.
In Kasese, as early as 6:00 am on Friday armed security personnel were patrolling the town and the outskirts.
The Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander Samuel Asiimwe says that security will remain high throughout the day to curb all possible acts of violence.
In Bundibugyo, movement of people and vehicles were restricted throughout the night to avert threats of violence.
Heavily armed police and UPDF personnel were out on streets by 7:00am patrolling Bundibugyo town and key trading centers in Bubukwanga and Ntandi sub-counties.
The case was not any different in Hoima whuch is one of the 15 places that the police identified as a hot spot for electoral violence.
Last month, Beatrice Wembabazi, a candidate in NRM primaries for the Hoima Woman MP flag, was attacked by the supporters of the incumbent MP Harriet Mugenyi.
Wembabazi was returning from Runga landing site in Kigorobya Sub County when she was blocked near Kiryatete village in Kigorobya sub-county.
Businge’s driver, Henry Gama jumped out of the vehicle and assaulted Wembabazi and her driver, Julius Birungi.
Additional reporting by URN.