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PHOTOS: Violence Mars Iganga By-election Campaigns

Violence erupted on Sunday in Busei, Iganga District when a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the one of National Resistance Movement (NRM) for the Iganga Woman Member of Parliament met at a junction.

Supporters went rowdy and many of them were brutally assaulted.

Commenting on the situation, FDC youth mobiliser, Zeridah Kakayi, who is closely following the proceedings, said: “Yesterday thugs armed with pangas and sticks attacked people who were coming from Naigaga’s campaign, leaving them with several wounds.”

The goons had pangas which they used to harm people
The goons had pangas which they used to harm people

She added: “Similar to other past elections the regime applies different uncouth methods to win elections; for example Voter bribery, intimidation, rigging etc.”

The assaulted were rushed to Iganga main hospital for medical attention.

One of the victims lying on Iganga hospital bed
One of the victims lying on Iganga hospital bed

Some of the identified victims are Sowed Waiswa, Hamza Muwaya, Badiru Wakake, Joram Osero, Henry Kagunda.

Iganga Woman MP Seat became vacant following the death of Hailat Khauda, who died as a result of pregnancy complications in July this year.

The polling date is September 14, 2017.

Stiff completion is between FDC candidate Mariam Natale Naigaga and NRM’s Brenda Asinde.

Other contestants are Mariam Nakato (Independent), Aziza Kakerewe (Independent) and Olivia Kwagala Mawanda.

This violence comes just a few days after a vehicle knocked down many people who were coming from Naigaga’s rallies, killing one of them.

Supporters, like this, sustained serious injuries
Supporters, like this, sustained serious injuries

 

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