Violence as Ugandans elect local government leaders

Mbale: One dead

A 25-year-old man, Kevin Khabala, a resident of Nasasa village in Bumbobi sub county, Mbale district following violent clashes between rival political groups.

Khabala is said to be a supporter of Peter Mweru who is seeking re-election as the sub county’s LC-V councilor. He was allegedly attacked by supporters of Mweru’s rival, David Mutsisa, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Preliminary information shows that the deceased was riding a motorcycle together with three around 1 am this morning when they were attacked.

It is alleged that the four were distributing appointment letters to Mweru’s polling agents when they ambushed at Nasasa-Mungoma road junction.    

Brain Buyola, a survivor of the attack, says they were ambushed by a group of youths armed with machetes and clubs, which they had hidden in the nearby cassava plantation.

Hoima: 10 arrested

Police are holding ten supporters of Brian Kaboyo, one of the candidates in the Hoima City mayoral race.

The suspects are Muhammad Kiwanuka, Rogers Bategeka, Abdul Kasada, Lawrence Friday, Frank Sabiti, Rashid Kalyango, Joseph Bamusoni, Shaban Businge, Robert Tumwesigye and Matia Mulumba, all residents of Hoima City.   

They were picked up for various parts of Hoima City for attacking the supporters of Grace Mary Mugasa, the incumbent Hoima City Mayor.  Some of the suspects were picked up from Kijungu, Lusaka Upper and Kyesiga in Hoima East and West divisions and whisked to Hoima Central Police station.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network the suspects attacked and destroyed two vehicles belonging to Mugasa’s camp. They smashed the windscreens of both vehicles. The two vehicles registration numbers UAK 179E and UAS 028D both double cabins have been towed to Hoima central police station.

Hakiza says during the arrest of the suspects, a police constable identified as Aziz Namuguve and attached to Hoima central Police station was pelted with stones by the rowdy supporters of Kaboyo in Kyesiga cell Hoima West division.  She is currently admitted at Hoima Regional Referral hospital nursing sure wounds in the back.

Rukiga: Six arrested

In Rukiga district, a combined force of the police and have arrested six people said to be agents of Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate for the Rukiga LCV chairperson.

The suspects have been identified as Jeremiah Nimusiima, Chris Twinomucunguzi, Derrick Muhereza Kateeba, Xavier Musasizi, Mark Tushebe and Ivan Nkamushaba. They were arrested from Habwera-Ntagaga market in Kitanga parish, Kashambya sub-county as polls opened on Wednesday.

According to Kwarikunda, his agents were arrested as they followed on allegations of vote-rigging in favour of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer, Robert Mbabazi Kakwerere.

This is after security officials led by Purikeria Muhindo Mwiine Kunihiira, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner and Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi, the newly elected  Rukiga Woman MP had a meeting with police officers at Rwamucucu sub-county headquarters hall where ballot papers were being kept.

The district police commander, Aggrey Okum, said that Kwarikunda’s agents were arrested for inciting violence during curfew hours. He however decline to explain further.

Okum also denied claims that the meeting that was held at the sub-county headquarters was aimed at rigging in favour of NRM candidate. He says that the meeting was called to discuss security deployment ahead of the local council government elections.

Other contestants in the LCV Chairperson race include the Independent candidate Martin Rumanzi and Onesmus Arinda of the National Unity Platform (NUP).


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