The Leader of Opposition in Parliament and veteran journalist Wafula Oguttu has shown concern over what he termed as malpractice exhibited during the recently concluded Bugiri LC5 by-elections in which the FDC candidate lost to the NRM’s Siraji Lyavala.
According to Oguttu, viagra approved http://comp.mq.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase1.php it was saddening that all this happened in the eyes of the Electoral Commission officials and police but nothing was done to avert it.
“There were two weeks of waves and open money distribution for votes in all villages of the district. After realizing that their massive vote buying was not working, they decided to go for vote stuffing,” the Leader of Opposition says.
He adds, “But they had to sort out our polling agents first and the task was given to the police headed by Felix Kaweesi who started by arresting our candidate’s Task Force.”
Oguttu explains that a one Babu who headed Bumali Luba’s Task Force was arrested before being asked not to deploy agents.
“If Babu agreed to that, he would then be freed and given Shs 2m. He however decided to fool them so as to regain his freedom and reported to us the new developments,” Wafula contends.
“But Kaweesi, RPC Chemonges and FFU commander Kasawulira did not give up but went to Lwemba and arrested all our polling agents but we quickly mobilized and replaced them but were again beaten by police.”
According to Oguttu the Electoral Commission connived with the NRM candidate and prepared stuffed ballot boxes which they planned to switch with genuine ones at certain polling stations after bribing the agents and convinced them to sign blank declaration forms.
“Switching boxes started at Butegwa Mosque in Nankoma Subcounty on the Musiita- Lumino Road in broad day light. A white Land Rover registration number UAV 488W with police officers,NRM cadres and one Electoral Commission supervisor was used to ferry the stuffed boxes.”
He adds,” At Butegwa, 4 men jumped out of the monster car, headed to the polling station, grabbed six unused ballot papers booklets containing 300 ballots, carried off the ballot boxes and rushed to their car. They then switched the box with another from the car, left where they had parked the car and sped off.”
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament explains that they then resorted to paying NRM local chairmen to carry out the ballot stuffing citing Busimbi primary school where the Nankoma sub county NRM chief was caught red handed.
“The case was reported to police but one commander of Field Force Unit who arrived at the scene of crime later simply allowed the voting to continue.”
Oguttu notes that it was an unprecedented moment when the Electoral Commission declared NRM’s Lyavara amidst protests from the voters.
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Return leg: Uganda vs Mozambique (March 6 – 8)
Uganda Cranes and Vipers midfielder Farouk Miya was named captain of the national under 23 side – the Kobs who flew out Thursday morning to Maputo just 12 hours from match day of their All Africa Games first round first leg qualifier in Mozambique.
The attacking midfielder who made his Cranes debut in July against Mauritania in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers leads an 18-man team that changed travel plans at last minute because of flight connections that left from Entebbe International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines in the wee hours. The team arrived safelywill have their first training session today evening at 4.30pm before finalising with feeling the turf on Friday evening as CAF rules state.
Vipers midfielder Keziron Kizito and Police striker Umar Kasumba are the other experienced players on the team that also includes striker Villa Oromcan who plays for Big League side Paidha Black Angels from West Nile sub region in Northern Uganda.
The subsequent winners after two legs will face giants Egypt in the third and final qualification round.
Uganda’s best team to date that included the likes of retired skipper Ibrahim Sekagya, Hassan Mubiru and Willy Kyambadde among others finished fourth after losing 2-0 to hosts South Africa in the semis of Johannesburg 1999.
Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga (Vipers), Mathias Kigonya (Bright Stars)
Defenders: Brian Ochwo (Victoria University), Joseph Nsubuga (Bright Stars), Ibrahim Kiyemba (Lweza), Shafiq Bakaki (Express), Sadat Kyambadde (Police)
Midfielders: Derrick Teko (Kira Young), Farouq Miya (Vipers), Keziron Kizito (Vipers), Gadafi Kiwanuka (Rwenshama) Brian Nkuubi (Kira Young) Martin Kizza (KCC)
Strikers: Hashim Ssempala (Bul) Robert Achema (BUL), Abdul Karim Kasule (SC Villa), Villa Oromcan (Paidha Black Angels) and Umar Kasumba (Police)