Three Arrested in Kamuli Ahead of By Elections

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As a result, Muwanga immediately organized a team of their supporters and stormed the hotel.

Three FDC supporters in Kamuli district have been arrested and charged with election violence. They are Maurice Kibalya, the former FDC candidate for Bugabula South constituency, Peter Muwanga, the former Kamuli Town council LC III chairperson and Johnson Basangwa. The trio was picked up from SiBiet Gardens on Tuesday at about 8pm and taken to Kamuli Police station for interrogations. It is alleged that Peter Muwanga, the former Kamuli Town council LC III chairperson received a phone call from unidentified person informing him that NRM officials were pre-ticking ballot papers at SiBiet Gardens ahead of the Kamuli LC V chairperson’s elections. As a result, Muwanga immediately organized a team of their supporters and stormed the hotel.

Muwanga says that they found a team of NRM officials led by Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, a senior presidential advisor, Elijah Mushemeza, NRM Electoral Commision Vice chairperson and Rehema Watongola busy pre-ticking ballot papers. He however, alleges that when the NRM officials saw they hid away the booklets and a hot exchange of words ensued. The exchange between the supporters of the rival camps drew the attention of police, which stormed the hotel and picked up the FDC members. However, Rehema Watongola one of the implicated NRM officiasl denies allegations that they were found ticking ballot papers.
She explains that they were meeting at the hotel to prepare for Radio talkshows after winding their campaigns in the district.

Samuel Kiyingi, the Kamuli district returning officer says all the voting materials are still intact. Samson Lubega, the South Eastern regional police spokesperson says that police has preferred charges of election violence against the FDC members. The trio was released this morning on police bond. The Kamuli LC V seat fell vacant after Ahmed Kaugu Kawooya; the former LC V chairperson was thrown out by court over lack of the minimum academic qualifications. The by election has attracted eight candidates including Thomas Kategere-NRM, FDC’s Proscovia Salamu Musumba, Michael Kifuba Ngabo, Charles Isanga, Fred Bamutire, Dhizaala Kaloli, Fred Kamanyiro, and Ibrahim Mbadhi, all independents.