Bukakata Sub County Chairman Concedes Defeat Amid Tension

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In short
Lebega, an Independent candidate, lost the bid to retain his seat to the National Resistance Movement NRM party candidate Aloysius Jjuuko. Jjuuko polled 2,650 votes against Lubegas 2,533 votes, a difference of 117 votes. However, the declaration sparked off protests from Lubegas supporters in Lambu, Kaziru and Kachanga Landing sites

Joseph Lubega, the defeated Bukakata Sub County chairman has finally conceded defeat in the wake of escalating violence in the area.

Lebega, an Independent candidate, lost the bid to retain his seat to the National Resistance Movement - NRM party candidate Aloysius Jjuuko. Jjuuko polled 2,650 votes against Lubega's 2,533 votes, a difference of 117 votes.

However, the declaration sparked off protests from Lubega's supporters in Lambu, Kaziru and Kachanga Landing sites who described the election as a fraud. They attacked Jjuuko's home in Bukakata and attempted to set it ablaze. They also set fire on his vehicle registration number UAX 490M.

Early this week, Lubega's supporters attempted to lynch Jjuuko during a visit to Lambu landing site accusing him of bribing his way to leadership. Over ten people have been arrested and charged for instigating violence in the area.

The escalation of violence prompted police intervention in which all aggrieved parties and their supporters were brought together.

Iddi Ibin Ssenkumbi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson says police engaged all affected parties after establishing that the leaders were inciting supporters to cause chaos in the area. He says police and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces - UPDF officers have set up a joint base in Bukakata to avert any forms of violence thereafter.
 
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Joseph Lubega, the incumbent Bukakata Sub County LCIII chairman says that although there is glaring evidence that he was rigged out, he will accept the outcome of the process in order to save his aggrieved supporters from persecution. He says several of his supporters had been arrested illegally.
 
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But Aloysius Jjuuko, the chairman elect accuses Lubega of inciting his supporters to cause Mayhem.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.