Residents of Alupe
Village in Mawero Parish in Buteba Sub County in Busia district are stranded
with two local council chairpersons.
Ekisa, an independent and Sam Sihaire, the incumbent chairperson and National
Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate claim to have won the village polls and
were declared by the Electoral Commission in the 2018 polls.
However, a copy of the
results seen by URN from the Busia Electoral Commission office shows that
Philip Ekisa garnered 203 polls while Sam Sihaire collected 204 votes.
are now stuck with both chairpersons and don’t know the right person
to go to in case they need services.
George Onyango, one of the elders in the village, says the parallel
leadership has caused confusion among residents in the area.
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Augustin Okawo, another resident wants the position of
chairperson declared vacant and fresh elections held to save residents from the
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Sam Sihaire, the incumbent chairperson says he was given the
declaration form by the Returning Officer confirming that he garnered 204
votes. He wonders how his opponent got the declaration form and village stamp.
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Philip Ekisa says he was officially handed the office stamp
by Walter Iriama, the then Busia Chief Administrative Officer who he said
officially declared him the village chairperson.
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Steven Okunyuku, the Buteba Sub County LC III
chairperson also wonders how two people got declaration forms declaring them
Paul Kalikwan, the Deputy Busia Resident District Commissioner, says
the confusion in the village is a security threat and asked Electoral Commission
to sort out the menace in the village.
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Moses Jimmy Makumbuko, the Mawero ParishSsupervisor, says the confusion
started during the election after the presiding officer halted the election.
Busia District Registrar couldn’t be reached for comment.
However, an official in his office who spoke on conditions of
anonymity said the issue of Alupe village was forwarded to the Electoral Commission