Hoima Campaign Violence Suspects Released

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The suspects were released after Dr. Lawrence Bategekas supporters stormed the police demanding their release.

Police have released suspects arrested in connection with the Wednesday night NRM campaign violence in Hoima Municipality. This was after supporters of Dr. Lawrence Bategeka, one of the Hoima Municipality parliamentary aspirants, camped at Hoima police station demanding for their unconditional release.
Led by Nasur Tukasiima, Dr. Bategeka's campaign manager, the supporters accused police of being biased and working on the orders of incumbent MP, Henry Muganwa Kajura. The angry supporters claimed that only Bategeka's supporters had been arrested and none from the Kajura camp, yet both groups were involved.

On Thursday evening, police released the five suspects.

The Albert region police spokesperson, Lydia Tumushabe says the suspects were released on bond. She also denies claims that police acted under pressure for Bategeka's supporters.

On Wednesday night, Kajura's supporters allegedly invaded the home of Lawrence Mbabazi, Dr. Bategeka's campaign agent in Buhiga village and injured him. They accused his family of distributing soap and salt to bribe voters. Mbabazi is now admitted at Kabalega Medical Center in Hoima town.
Following the invasion, Mbabazi's family members raised an alarm which prompted intervention of residents. Bategeka's group waylaid and severely beat up Joseph Bamusoni, one of Kajura's supporters in revenge. Bamusoni is also admitted at Edpa Clinic in Hoima town.
The Wednesday night attack is the latest incident of campaign violence in Hoima. Two weeks ago, LC5 aspirant Kadir Kirungi was attacked by unknown assailants on his way home. Last week, Lawrence Tumwesige, Bategeka's campaign agent was attacked and beaten during a campaign night disco in Kicwamba Cell.

Police has subsequently banned all night campaign activities, following the escalating violence.


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