Hoima NRM Registrar Arrested Before Announcing Poll Results

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Lydia Tumushabe, the Albert Region Police Spokesperson says Kato was arrested following complaints from presiding officers and election police constables over none payment for their services during NRM primaries for sub county chairpersons and councilors held in August this year.

Paul Kato, the Hoima NRM party Registrar is in trouble for alleged theft of funds meant for paying polling officials. Kato was picked up from his office on Wednesday night by a team of Police Officers led by Hoima District Police Commander Bernard Akankwasa.

He was led to a waiting vehicle and driven off to Hoima Central Police Station, where he is being held. Lydia Tumushabe, the Albert Region Police Spokesperson says Kato was arrested following complaints from presiding officers and election police constables over none payment for their services during NRM primaries for sub county chairpersons and councilors held in August this year.

She however, declined to reveal much money Kato stole. But URN has established that the money is around Shillings 15million. According to Tumushabe, the registrar will be charged with theft. Kato's arrest came just hours after he told URN that some people were plotting his arrest so as to interfere with the election process.

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Kato's arrest has aroused suspicion that it could have been politically motivated. A campaign manager to one of the LC5 aspirants who preferred to remain anonymous says the timing of Kato's arrest raises a lot of questions.

The campaign manager wonders why the registrar was arrested at the crucial time of tallying election results. On Wednesday, Hoima conducted NRM primaries for LC V chairperson, mayoral and parliamentary candidates.

Kato, a former political assistant to First Deputy Prime Minister and Incumbent Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament Henry Kajura has been widely criticised by opponents of the Minister that he could not be impartial in overseeing polls where his former boss is a contender. Kajura who is seeking re-election, is trailing his main challenger Dr. Lawrence Bategeka.

By 2am on Thursday, provisional results from the registrar's office indicated that Kajura had 3130 votes while Bategeka had 7430 votes.98 of the 146 polling stations had submitted results at the time.

Final results are expected this afternoon.