RDC Blocks Election of Apac District BMU Officials

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But Ebong denies accusation of bribing members of the Electoral College, which is comprised of 30 members mainly chairpersons of BMU at landing sites on Lake Kwania and part of Lake Kyoga.

Apac District Security Committee has suspended the elections of the District Beach Management Unit officials citing irregularities.  The elections were scheduled for Monday afternoon.  


The decision to suspend the polls came after Hebert Ogwal, one of the contestants petitioned Jack Odur, the Apac Resident District Commissioner citing irregularities by the incumbent district beach management unit chairperson David Ebong Ngwen.


In his petition Ogwal accused Ebong of paying off some of the voters and his failure to involve the district authorities in the polls. According to Odur, the elections are suspended pending clearance from Ruth Nankabirwa, the fisheries state Minister.


But Ebong denies accusation of bribing members of the Electoral College, whiic is comprised of 30 members mainly chairpersons of BMU at landing sites on Lake Kwania and part of Lake Kyoga. Denis Otim, a member of the Electoral College and chairperson Ogwil BMU on Lake Kwania is dissatisfied about the suspension of the elections.



Beach Management Units are the foundation of fisheries co-management and are community-based organizations that bring together everyone involved in fisheries at a beach  - boat owners, boat crew, traders, processors, boat builders and repairers, net repairers and others - to work with government.


They are basically to promote responsible fishing on the lake and ensure that no prohibited fishing gears are used.