PHOTOS: Why Uganda Journalists Association Polls Flopped

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Hell broke loose today, Thursday morning, as police stormed Patidar Samaj conference center along Bombo road and used teargas to disperse hundreds of riotous journalists at the associations’ polls- gone-bad.

It all started with this kind of pin-pointing at each other as disagreements escalated

The angry reporters cited lots of irregularities that marred the preliminary electoral procedures, which included several names that missed on the register, others appearing numerously and other unknown voters dominating the lists.

There was a growing sense of feeling that the entire process was being dominated by government owned UBC and Vision Group, whose reporters exceeded three quarters of the total voters.

More allegations rapidly trickled in about students from various journalism training institutions who had been ferried in by coasters and handed voter’s identity cards (Ids) at the entrance reading that they were all employees of the two media agencies.


A display of energy as each tries to snatch the ballot box

Counsel Alex Luganda, who presided over the election, however, tried to ignore these complaints raised by one of the contestants Mr. Martin Nsereko Busulwa’s camp.

The others contestants were Ms Florence Apulot, Simon Kaggwa Njala and Richard Kayiira.

The event went berserk when upon being invited to give their manifestos to the voters; all the four contestants took to the stage and unanimously announced that they had resolved to step aside until the irregularities were ironed out.

Two journalists threatening to tear each other to pieces as the third calls for moderation

Counsel Luganda maintained that the elections would still be held and immediately called for fresh applicants to be nominated for the 19 cabinet posts.

A section of the enraged voters grabbed polling materials and took off with them, compelling anti-riot police to come in with teargas.

Luganda later told Chimpreports that the candidates’ decision to boycott the polls had no legal implication on the electoral process that that those unsatisfied by the procedures ought to have officially filed their complaints to the electoral commission.

Police tries to reason with the furious journalists

Outgoing president, Mr Joshua Kaylimpa, told us that the association was financially constrained to hold another election having invested millions to mobilise reporters from various parts of the country to take part in the flopped poll.

Peaceful means fail and police sprays them with pepper

A policeman is too enraged; he sprays himself with pepper and cries out of anger mixed with pain

“We have worked so hard to have this exercise carried out, but it seems that we are overwhelmed by these misunderstandings. As of now, we can’t afford another poll, after all were not dying to make way for new leadership, so if the difference cannot be contained, then we’ll have to serve another two years,” Kyalimpa stated.

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