EC Boss Wants Mutale, Lukwago Groups Probed Top story

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EC boss Dr. Kiggundu says he has already consulted with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima to investigate these groups and establish their motive. Kiggundu says such groups should not be allowed to derail the electoral process.

The Electoral Commission (EC) is calling for a probe into vigilante groups being formed ahead of the 2016 general elections. The commission's chairperson Dr. Badru Kiggundu says the groups should be investigated and should not be allowed to disorganize the ongoing electoral process.
According to Kiggundu, any attempts by these groups, which claim that they are protecting their political parties' votes against rigging, are illegal and could instigate election violence.

Kiggundu was speaking to journalists in Kampala, reporting to reports that Major Roland Kakooza Mutale, the head of Kalangala Action Plan is training about 500 individuals in Luweero district to protect President Museveni's vote in 2016. However, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, in retaliation, formed the Solidarity Group to counter Mutale's group.
Kiggundu says he has already consulted with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima to investigate these groups and establish their motive.

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This is not the first time vigilante groups are being formed ahead of elections. In 2011, Kikankane, Blue Cobra, Red Brigade, Black Mamba, Bamboo Youth Brigade, Kiboko Squad, 3K Brigade, Mwoyo gwa Gwanga and Black Brigade are some of the groups that were reported and suspected to cause violence during the elections.

Kiggundu says as long as there is adequate security in the country, cases of election violence will be quelled.
Crispy Kaheru, the coordinator of Citizens Coalition on Elections and Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) says such groups need to be nipped in the bud, otherwise Uganda will be dragged into a situation like Kenya, which was plunged into election violence in the post 2007/2008 elections.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.