HOW IT HAPPENED: Nebanda Takes Butaleja

treat geneva;”> She was announced winner with a total of 27,238 votes by the Electoral Commission at around 11:30pm.

Nebanda has now succeeded her departed sister, Cerinah Nebanda, who reportedly succumbed to drug abuse in December 2012.

Betty Hamba (Independent) came second with 12,157 votes while Sarah Annet Logose (Independent) managed only 3393 in the third position.

FDC’s Felista Namwihiri followed with a disappointing 326 with Perusi Munaba (Independent) trailing with only 1,332 votes.

Butaleja registered a low voter turn up with only 44,482 casting their votes out of the registered 89,841.

The poll was marred by violence and massive arrests of opposition politicians whom Police accused of “hooliganism.”



6:30pm: Vote counting is underway in Butaleja. The NRM candidate Florence Nebanda is leading by a very wide margin.

In five polling stations, Nebanda scooped a total of 1205 votes while Betty Hamba (Independent) got 114. FDC’s Felista Namwihiri got 193.

At the same polling stations, Perusi Munaba (Independent) manged 72 votes yet Sarah Annet Logose (Independent) secured 155.

14:50 PM: Salaam Musumba has been transferred to Malaba Police Station due to what police described as a “precautionary measure” against possible violence.

While the election is slightly peaceful, cases of missing names on voting registers have been recorded in the area.

The leader of opposition in parliament Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi has also been arrested in Butaleja.

09: 26 AM: More arrests are reported in the Butaleja poll.

FDC youth wing members; Francis Mwijukye and Sam Mugumya have been detained, bringing the number of arrested opposition activists to 8 by Monday morning.
The two officials were arrested on orders of Grace Turyagumanawe, head of Police operations over what police described as “hooliganism.”

8:15 AM: FDC Vice President for Eastern Uganda, Salaam Musumba, slept behind bars as the people of Butaleja decide Monday on their Woman MP.The seat fell vacant following the sudden demise of outspoken legislator, Cerinah Nebanda in December 2012.

Voting is expected to start at 8am.

Deputy Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate confirmed to Chimpreports that Musumba and five others were arrested at around 9pm on Sunday before being detained at Busolwe Police Station.

Ssekate said the suspects were allegedly “distributing soap, sugar, lanterns, mattresses, pieces of clothes and other times” purportedly to woo votes for the FDC candidate, Felista Namwihiri.

Other candidates seeking to replace the deceased are NRM’s Florence Andiru Nebanda, Betty Hamba (Independent), and Perusi Munaba (Independent) and Sarah Annet Logose (Independent).

Ssekate clarified that Musumba and other suspects would today morning be transferred to Tororo Police Station for more questioning.

FDC publicist, Wafula Oguttu, was not readily available for comment.

But the incident could leave the opposition with facial lacerations as it faces stiff resistance from the departed MP Nebanda’s sister, Florence, for the seat.

Addressing the media last week, EC boss Badru Kiggundu said the number of voters who registered after displaypolling register are 89,841.

Meanwhile, Police last week warned opposition political groups against deploying “youth brigades” during the election.

The Director in charge of operations at Police, Grace Turyagumanawe, said security personnel have been beefed up in the entire district to maintain law and order at 151 polling stations.

“All stakeholders need to be law abiding before during and after the polling process. The Electoral Commission will work with police and all stakeholders to ensure peaceful, free and fair election,” said Turyagumanawe.

“What we shall not allow are vigilantes under the so-called ‘Youth Brigades.’ Only Police and candidates’ agents are expected at Polling Stations,” warned Turyagumanawe.

“All aggrieved parties are urged to report to police authorities who shall address their issues of concern.”

Police have in the past by-election clashed with opposition supporters over cases of rigging, multiple voting and ballot stuffing.

Chimp Corps will continue giving live updates from Butaleja as events unfold.

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