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Arua Municipality Mayor Beaten by Angry Youths

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Commander has confirmed the incident but declined to divulge details, saying they are still gathering more information.
Arua Municipality Mayor Isa Kato standing near his destoyed vehicle at Arua CPS

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Angry youths have roughed up Hajji Isa Kato, the mayor of Arua municipality accusing him of attempting to stuff pre-ticked ballot papers at Kebir Cell polling station.

The more than 10 youths also pelted Kato's Noah vehicle registration number UBA 392Z with stones destroying its windscreen and bonnet.  The police officers who deployed at the polling station looked on as Kato under attack from the irate youths.

Upon sensing danger, Kato, who belongs to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, sped off to Arua Central Police Station where he registered a case of assault. Kato denies any wrong doing and blames his attack on hooligans he says have invaded the municipality.

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According to Kato, two of the attackers have been arrested and are locked up at Arua Central Police Station. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Commander has confirmed the incident but declined to divulge details, saying they are still gathering more information.

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Voters in Arua municipality are casting their votes to elect a new area member of parliament. The Arua municipality MP seat fell vacant after the incumbent legislator; Col. Ibrahim Abiriga was gunned down together with his brother and bodyguard, Saidi Butele Buga in June this year.

Unidentified assailants sprayed the duo's vehicle as they were driving home in Matugga in Wakiso district to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan.

The by-election has attracted eight contenders. They include Alfred Nyakuni, Simon Avutia, Sunday Anguandia, Jackson Atima, Francis Nyero Bavuga Saf, Robert Ejiku and Wadri Kassiano, all independents. The others are DP's Moses Kennedy, Jaffer Alekua of Jeema and FDC's Bruce Musema.