Police Block FDC Riots in Kamuli

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Voting for a new LC5 chairperson for Kamuli has closed, but discontent over the manner in which the elections were conducted is still raising tensions in the eastern Ugandan district. Shortly before the polls were closed this afternoon, anti-riot police intervened to halt a demonstration by supporters of Forum for Democratic Change candidate, Salaam Musumba. The FDC supporters planned to storm the home of the LC3 chairperson of Bugaya sub-county, Moses Mugeni, accusing him of hiding ballot papers. The opposition party spokesperson, Wafula Oguttu, claimed that Mugeni had several ballot papers hidden in his house and planning to stuff them into the ballot boxes in order to rig the vote. When anti-riot police arrived at Mugeni's home, the FDC supporters were in the process of ransacking the house. Ten FDC polling agents were arrested and the vehicle they were traveling in was impounded by the police. Mugeni could not be reached for comment as he was not available at his home or on his mobile phone. Earlier in the afternoon, the Magistrates court in Kamuli charged 62 FDC youth wingers with conspiracy to incite violence and to disrupt the elections. Court presided over by Magistrate Charles Kisakye heard that the group was deployed in Kamuli on Tuesday with the intent to disrupt the LC5 by-elections. The group was arrested at Caltex petrol station on the outskirts of Kamuli town in possession of sticks, stones and a jerrican of petrol. The youth wingers pleaded not guilt to the charges and were granted cash bails of 50,000 shillings each. However they were returned to jail because the banks had closed before their bail could be posted.

 

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