Police and the army deployed heavily in Rubanda district ahead of today’s vote recount of the Rubanda East NRM primaries.
The recount was ordered by the NRM election tribunal on Tuesday September 29th 2020.
The tribunal headed by Enock Barata ordered for the declaration of Henry Ariganyira Musasizi as the Rubanda Constituency East National Resistance (NRM) party flag bearer be set aside to pave way for re-tallying of 16 disputed polling stations.
This follows a petition filed by Musasizi’s contender who is also the incumbent Rubanda district LC5 chairman Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema.
Musasizi, the incumbent legislator looking for third term was announced the winner on September 5th after collecting 23,330 votes, defeating Biryabarema who garnered 22,412 votes.
Barata ordered that results from 16 polling stations be re-tallied.
Some of the contested villages include: Rwamate, Butaturwa, Rukinda, Kamusya B, Bwisa and Kitojo among others, where figures were allegedly altered
He ordered that re-tallying should be carried out with immediate effect in presence of both parties and a member of the tribunal.
Earlier this morning, anti-riot police was engaged in running battles with Biryabarema’s supporters in Bubaare Sub County and Hamuhambo town council who were protesting the delay to announce the verdict.
Voters from Bubaare were intercepted and dispersed by the and the army under the command of Tai Ramadhan, the Rubanda District Police Commander.
At Muchahi trading centre, the protesters while blocking the road as they match to Rubanda district headquarters.
At Hamuhambo trading centre police and UPDF soldiers were forced to shoot live bullets and tear gas in the air after protesters refused to disperse.