FDC, UPC Candidates Arrested for Voter Bribery

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More than 40 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in voter bribery. The suspects, majority of who are men, were found distributing salt, soap and money to voters in different constituencies, just a few hours to the start of polls. Issa Balikitenda, the head of electoral and political crimes at Jinja central police station, says the suspects were traveling in vehicles and distributing their goodies to the voters. One of the vehicles, registration number UAD 699N allegedly belonging to Grace Kiirya Wanzala, the FDC party candidate for the Butembe constituency, has been impounded. Police have also impounded another vehicle registration number UAN 954K belonging to Zaake Wanume Kibedi. Kibedi admits that his vehicle has been impounded, but has denied any involvement in voter bribery. The head of electoral and political crimes at Jinja central police station, says the suspects were found emerging from the constituencies of Butembe, Jinja municipality West and East. In Apach, the police there have also arrested 11 people in connection with voter bribery. Samuel Mission, the District police commander, says the suspects were this morning found influencing, bribing and intimidating voters. He says that police have found out that the suspects were bribing the voters and ordering them to vote for Maxwell Okora, the Maruzi County UPC parliamentary candidate. The DPC says that Godwin Achaye, a driver of Maxwell Okora, was leading the suspects in the distribution of bribes. Molly Apio, one of the voters, told police that the suspects beat her after she refused to take heed to their orders.

 

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