According to Abas Namara, the Rukungiri district returning Officer, the ballot papers were exchanged with those from Fort portal, necessitating the suspension of the exercise for those specific positions until further notice.
Dirlisa Kataryeba, an election monitor for the opposition Forum for Democratic-FDC party, said that by the time rain started, people were still in lines and left immediately it started. Kataryeba says although the voter turnout was low, the voting process went on well.
Godfrey Katuguka who represented the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party he is concerned about the security of the materials saying that instead of keeping them at the electoral commission offices they would have kept them at the police until polling dates.
Rukungiri, the home of former FDC presidential flag bearer, Dr Colonel Kiiza Besigye has been an opposition stronghold. In the 2016 general elections, Besigye narrowly defeated Museveni in Rukungiri with 58,883 votes while Museveni got 56,425 votes.
The defectors, came from all 6 cells of Kanyankende parish and they all handed over their party cards to the FDC flag bearer for Rujumbura constituency Fred Turyamuhweza last evening as he wound up his two-day campaign visit in Bugangari sub- county.
Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine, started his campaign tour to Kigezi sub- region yesterday in Kisoro district and ended it in Rukungiri district before taking off for Mitooma district in Greater Ankole.
Before entering Rukungiri town, Kyagulanyi was first blocked by the security agencies at the entrance but was later escorted by the police to the district main stadium where he addressed his supporters.
Johnson Amanya, a Boda boda raider in Rukungiri town is one of those patiently waiting for Museveni and wants him to address the poor state of roads in the district. According to Amanya, as a cyclist he faces a lot of hardships executing his duties of transporting people and their goods.
Engineer John fisher Barigye, NRM support in Rukungiri Municipality and the Kebisoni Town Councilor, Leonard Muhunguzi Tiberondwa, said intrigue has greatly affected the progress of the party in Rukungiri because some members are treated as inferior.
The president who is seeking another term of office in the 2021 general elections made a pledge of donating heifers to the women leaders in Rukungiri district while campaigning in the 2016 general elections. However, the pledge was not fulfilled until today when the heifers were delivered to the beneficiaries by the coordinators of OWC
The defaced posters are those of Ingrid Turinawe, an independent candidate and Dr Elisa Rutahigwa of National Resistance Movement-NRM party who are battling with Dr.Wallen Nwagaba of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party.
The suspects were picked up on Monday following clashes between police and FDC supporters in Rukungiri Municipality. It all started when police stormed the FDC offices in Rukungiri town where a group of supporters were conducting prayers.
The Rukungiri District Police Commander, Moses Nanoka told journalists in Rukungiri town on Sunday that though the office of FDC Secretary General wrote to the office of the Inspector General of Police in letter dated November 14th 2018 requesting for permission to hold the ceremony, the office of the IGP did not grant permission to them.
Matsiko, the National Resistance Movement- NRM party candidate lost the seat to Muzanira during a by-election held on May 31. But she says the exercise was marred with irregularities and hooliganism orchestrated by members of the opposition.