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42 FDC Youths Arrested in Kasese

At least 42 members of the Forum for Democratic (FDC) party are detained at Kabarole Central Police Station under heavy guard after being arrested in a night raid in Kasese town.
At least 42 members of the Forum for Democratic (FDC) party are detained at Kabarole Central Police Station under heavy guard after being arrested in a night raid in Kasese town.

They were then bundled up in a police truck registration number UP3238 and escorted by the police mini bus registration number UP1928 and taken to Fort Portal.

 

Muga Bashir, the Western regional police spokesperson told URN on Tuesday that the arrest of 36 men and six women is related to the forthcoming parliamentary by election for the district woman member of parliament.

The police have also allegedly surrounded the home of Christopher Kibazanga in Kasese demanding to access the premises and make more arrests. Kibazanga is a top FDC official, former Member of Parliament for Busongora South and brother to Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere. Some of the FDC members who spent the night at Kibazanga’s home include the party’s presidential candidate Major General Mugisha Muntu and the National Youth chairman Francis Mwijukye among others.

Wafula however, the FDC youth and Kibazanga’s guards have still denied them access.

 Wafula also alleges that the NRM Kasese branch held a meeting at Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga’s home last night in which they planned to ask the police to arrest other top FDC officials.  

These include Salaamu Musumba, the party Vice President, Nandala Mafabi the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and the Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Kaginda. It was however not confirmed if Dr Kiyonga chaired the meeting. URN tried to reach him on his mobile phone but it was unavailable.

Kaluma Matovu, the NRM Vice chairman Kasese confirmed the meeting took place but was cagy when asked to give details. Upon further probing, he laughed and said the number URN had called was wrong.

The returning officer Kasese district, Valle Kanzira, however, says the ballot papers are secure and still packed in the lorries they were transported in to the district offices.

Kanzira adds that they are working together with the observers from the four participating political parties which include the NRM, FDC, Democratic Party and the People’s Progressive Party who are participating in the LC5 elections.

He also says that last night upon arrival of the ballot boxes they asked all the candidates’ agents to spend the night at the district offices and monitor the movement of the ballot boxes which they did.

Paul Bukenya, the assistant spokesperson Electoral Commission also affirmed that they have a security arrangement for the voting materials and are confident no one will be able to tamper with them until the Election Day on Wednesday.

The Kabarole criminal investigations officer Francis Mugarura could not be reached for comment, but reports say the suspects are recording statements at the Police station. They will be taken before the Fort Portal court this morning, though it is still not known which charges will be preferred against them.

The Kasese by election is a tight race between FDC’s Winfred Kiiza, NRM’s Rehema Muhindo and DP’s Rosemary Masika. The by-election comes after the Court of Appeal ordered fresh polls following errors committed by EC in the previous elections.

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