Police have deployed heavily in Rwahi and other towns in Ntungamo district to disperse scores of supporters of Hon Naome Kabasharira who woke up to protest againt her anticipated defeat in the NRM parliamentary primaries.
The angry protesters cut off the Kabale – Mbarara highway with logs and rocks, stopping all traffic from moving.
The protests which kicked off as early as 8am this morning were also reported in Rubaare and Rwentobo townships.
The Ntungamo DPC Damian Katwesiime said Police couldn’t tolerate such behavior.
“Hon Naome Kabasharira’s supporters held demostrations by putting stones in the road blocking traffic,” he said.
“We understand that they are expressing their discontent but they are doing so in the wrong way. Thats why we came in and dispersed them.”
“If they want to show their discontent by demonstrating, there are laid out channels to go though, including petitioning the NRM”
Commenting on the same incident, the Rwizi regional police spokesman Samson Kasasira said the protesters had chosen the wrong path.
“They are protesting elections which I think have not been announced yet. That is not acceptable,” he said
Earlier this week, the same supporters of Kabasharira held similar demonstrations when they heard that their candidate was trailing Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana in the preliminary results announced by the NRM electoral commission.
These called for the resignation of the Ntungamo NRM Registrar Maria Mirembe
Police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse them.
Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman revealed Tuesday that after a vote recount, Rukutana was leading his contender Naome Kabasharira by 20 votes.
He promised to announce the final results yesterday Thursday which he didnt.
Initially Kabasharira had been declared winner of the election with 24,006 votes against Rukutana garnered 23,966 votes leaving a difference of only 40 votes