Member of Parliament for Jinja east Paul Mwiru has criticised the move by police to arrest his supporters, saying that the plan is to bribe them to accept that they were involved in electoral fraud.
Police recently arrested over 15 people for allegedly involving themselves in voter registration fraud in the recently concluded Jinja East Municipality MP by-election.
The arrested include Morison Bizitu, the Speaker of Jinja municipality; ‘Badman’ Kibugujju, a former LC3 chairperson Masese-Walukuba division and other 13 electoral commission workers.
They are currently detained in different police cells like Kira road police station, Nalufenya and Jinja central police station among others.
Now, Mwiru says his supporters were arrested in order to coerce them or corrupt them to give credit to election fraud allegations.
Speaking to media on Friday, Paul Mwiru Paul said: “Ever since the Jinja east by-election was concluded, NRM is not satisfied with the result and they are using police to arrest my supporters and bribe them to accept that they were part of the fraud.”
He also said that when he secured a court order to have some of his supporters released, police did not respect it.
Basing on that, Mwiru believes police is working with the ruling National Resistance Movement party, whose candidate, Nathan Nabeta he defeated, to sabotage the process.
According to Mwiru, the arrested polling officials were asked by NRM to engage in balloting stuffing, but they refused, hence turning against them.
At the press conference, Paul Mwiru launched a black book, and he said it is going to be used to record names of officials not respecting the law and human rights.
He suggested names like Okoth Ochora, IGP; Grace Akullo, head CIID; and Joesph Obana, who is commanding the arrests, as some of the first entrants into the book.
He said they will later drag the listed officials to the constitutional court.
He also called upon all his supporters to gather at the FDC offices on Monday to match to the central police station in Jinja so that they can secure release of their colleagues.