Presiding officer survives lynching by voters over alleged ballot stuffing

Police are holding a presiding officer attached to St. Charles Lwanga polling station in Katikara parish, in Kisiita Sub County in Kakumiro District for alleged ballot stuffing.

Hassan Katumba Mugerwa, the Kakumiro District Police Commander, identifies the suspect as Saturday Messach. He was picked up as vote counting got underway at St. Charles Lwanga polling station.

According to Mugerwa, Messach was apprehended by voters and agents when he reportedly inserted 200 preticked votes in favor of the Kakumiro NRM LC V chairperson candidate, Joseph Ssenkusu Ssentayi in the ballot boxes.

Ssenkusu was contesting against Gerald Ssemanda Apuli, an independent candidate. According to Mugerwa, they intervened to calm down the situation that almost turned violent.  By the time of filing this story, Messach was in custody at Katikara Police post.


Election supervisor killed

Police in Sembabule have discovered the body of an election supervisor who was kidnapped by unknown people from polling station on his way back home. Ibin Ssenkumbi the police spokesperson greater Masaka identified the deceased as Vicent Ntege  a  resident  of Ntuusi in Sembabule district.

Ssenkumbi says the deceased was killed on his way back home after submitting the LCV and councilor election results yesterday. He says Ntege ‘s body was found dumped in a near by swamp together with his motorcycle parked on the road side.

Ssenkumbi say no arrests have been made in connection with the murder. Police also recovered his mobile phone, money and a wallet. The body has been taken to Masaka hospital as investigations start.


2 days to polling day:Besigye issues demands

With Just 2 days to general election FDC flag bearer has  made demands to the Electoral commission asking Chairperson Badru Kiggundu and his team to cease and desist from being partisan.

Besigye is also demanding Electoral Commission to provide the opposition with the names of people that were deleted from the register after it emerged that there were an extra 20,000 names printed on the commission register.

He says availing them with the cleaned up register will help them to ensure that those ghost voters do not participate  in the elections.  He has also blasted the commission over reports that it banned the use of mobile phones at polling station saying the EC does not have powers to rule by decree.

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Kizza Besigye in Banda today.

Besigye says every Ugandan should carry and use their mobile phones to protect their votes and promptly share results and report any occurrences at polling stations. He has also demanded that the EC should not interfere with opposition parties that will be conducting their own tallying of results and counting of votes.

Besigye is expected to address his final rally in Nakawa division today. President Yoweri Museveni will be making his final appeal for votes at Kololo airstrip where crowds are waiting for him, while independent Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi is in Wakiso.

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Supporters of Besigye escorting him.

Opposition FDC presidential candidate also spoke out about yesterday’s violence saying it’s a sign of panic from the NRM regime that they are losing power come 18th February.  Besigye has urged his supporters to turn up in big numbers to vote for him on Thursday so that they can get rid of the current regime.

Dr col Kizza Besigye has so far addressed   his supporters at three stop overs along Kyanja to Ntinda road on his way to Nakawa.  Despite the heavy deployement, Besigye has not been yet interrupted by police after he complied to use the route the police has directed him.Besigye is yet to address the first rally in Ntinda any time from now. He will continue to hunt votes in Nakawa division and will climax the day with main rally at Naguru community center yard.

By Gloria Nakiyimba

1 dead, 19 injured and 22 arrested.

After the disorders of this morning in the city center, this evening the Police engaged again Rtd. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye, who in total disregard of his authorized program tried to hold a procession in the heart of Kampala city. The FDC presidential candidate left his home in the early afternoon to hold his scheduled rally at Makerere University, which he dis attended, choosing instead to march with his supporters into the city, en route to Kafumbe Mukasa through Wandegeya, Bombo and Kampala main roads.

The Police faced the provocative behavior and actions of the protesters, after they went on rampage, yelling, and threatening, looting and damaging property in the suburbs of Wandegeya.
Notwithstanding the provocations, the Police tried, in such difficult conditions, exercising the greatest degree of restraint in approaching the disturbance from the emerging crowds that were throwing bricks and projectiles at the Police.

Although the FDC candidate has the right to take the political lines he deems appropriate, such right must be exercised within a legal framework and, most importantly, without violating Kampala citizens’ right to peacefully conduct their business without having their activities being disrupted and their safety and property endangered by such disorders.

These acts of gratuitous defiance carried out by Col. Besigye coincide with the intelligence gathered all along that the FDC as a party was mobilizing the P10 youth to promote mayhem in the city.

The Police have a duty to protect the safety of the public, together with the right to protect themselves, and had to act accordingly, given the intensity of the attacks they faced from an emerging crowd of rowdy protesters. A total of 19 persons including 1 female police officer were injured, 16 were discharged while 5 are still admitted though out of danger, 1 death whose cause has not been established yet, and 22 suspects, all male arrested. Meanwhile the FDC Presidential candidate was transported back to his home this evening.

The situation has been contained, calm and normalcy returned to the suburbs of Wandegeya, and the wider Kampala City. With one more day of campaigns, we shall continue securing the electoral environment, free from abuse for all voters, candidates, and the general public.

CP Fred Enanga