Pius Niwahereza one of the protesters told our reporter that the protest is to demand NRM electoral commission to quicken analysis in NKwasibwe’s petition so that they get a way forward. He says that the delay is making voters lose morale yet they are sure that Baryomusi rigged elections in broad day light.
Police in Kanungu are holding five people for engaging in
protests against State Minister for Housing Chris Baryomunsi.
The protesters on Saturday afternoon staged a protest in Katojo trading
centre in Rutenga Sub county blocked Kambuga – Kanungu road with stones. They
also set up fire in the middle of the road.
The Protestors were carrying placards with
words demanding for expedition of investigations into Deus Nkwasibwe alias
Omusisa’s petition against Baryomunsi in the recently concluded National
Resistance Movement (NRM) party elections in Kinkizi East county.
Baryomunsi alias Ekitooma who polled 21,299 votes retained
the flag in Kinkiizi East Constituency.
His closest rival Deus
Nkwasibwe alias Omusisa who got 19,616 votes. Nkwasibwe protested the results
and petitioned the Party’s Electoral commission.
Protestors were carrying placards accusing Baryomunsi of
harassing religious leaders during the elections. Rev.Fr. Andrew Tumukurate,
the Rutenga Catholic parish priest in Kinkiizi east county, Kanungu district
and Rev Fr. Marius Byamukama attached to Kitanga Catholic Parish in Kashambya
sub-county, Rukiga district were arrested and later released on police bond
over voter alleged bribery.
Pius Niwahereza, one of the protesters told our reporter that
the protest is to demand NRM electoral commission to handle
Nkwasibwe’s petition quickly so that they get a way forward. He says that the delay is
making voters lose morale yet they are sure that Baryomusi rigged elections in broad
Police officers attached to Rutenga police post first fired
live bullets in the air but were overpowered by protesters. Anti-riot police
later joined and dispersed protesters with tear gas. In the process five protestors were arrested
and detained at Kanungu police station.
Emmy Ngabirano, Kanungu deputy Resident District Commissioner
confirmed the arrest of the suspects but calls for patience among angry
supporters saying that since their candidate’s petition is listed it will be attended
to. He declined to reveal names of those arrested.
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NRM electoral Commission has so far received over 373
petitions challenging the recently concluded party primaries, according to director
in charge of legal affairs, Oscar Kihika.