Heavily armed police personnel spent a better part of Tuesday battling the supporters who were lined up along the streets of Busia town to welcome Kyagulanyi, as he campaigned in Bukedi region. A number of them were affected by teargas and others hit by stray bullets.
The Project Engineer Enoch Luwabo says construction work slowed down because of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country, which forced them to reduce their workforce from 200 to 90 workers to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures.
Busia district leased over 2,000 hectares of land to Wagagai Gold Mining Company to pave way for the construction a gold mine refinery in the area. However, the company was supposed to compensate the locals who were occupying the land, before the lease.
According to EC guidelines, all persons aspiring for elective positions at the district level, are expected to present their O' and A' level certificates for verification, at the time of nomination. But Wandera instead attached his secondary school report cards that he obtained in late 1978 from Jinja Senior Secondary School.
According to Police, Nyanzi crossed out of the country about five days ago where she has been and until Saturday when she returned and arrested at the border entry where she had left her vehicle with the driver.
Patrick Waniaye, the Sironko District LC V Chairperson says that although they managed to hold primaries for the election of candidates for parliamentary and LC V Chairperson’s seat last month, they are yet to identify candidates for the position of councilors, LC III Chairpersons and Town Councils among others.
According to the traders, the situation has continued to worsen since their clients from neighbouring countries like Kenya and Tanzania do not cross to the country to transact businesses due to stringent conditions at the boarder points.
By this morning, upon completion of the recount and the final tally from all the voting areas, Auma had 18,182 votes followed by Fiona Nakku who polled 16,223 while Nabwire Sharon Veron who had been declared winner got 15,444, almost half of what she had allegedly gathered in the first count.
Joan Aduru, the Busia district returning officer says that they halted the exercise because most the youths who turned rowdy. She added that some of the supposed voters were drunk and many seemed to be above the required age of 30 years.
She said most of the youths who turned rowdy after being refused to vote were from neighboring Kenya which is why they decided to halt the elections until further notice.
Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner Paul Kalikwan says they are currently constrained because of lack of funds and can hardly respond to any community alert. According to Kalikwan, it was inappropriate for the government to allocate the same amount of money to all districts including those that are still under lockdown like Busia.