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EC Summons Bukoto South MP Candidates Over Campaign Violence :: Uganda Radionetwork
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EC Summons Bukoto South MP Candidates Over Campaign Violence

They are John Alintuma Nsambu, the NRM candidate, Mathias Nsubuga of DP, and Julius Ssentamu of FDC and independents Robert Rutalo, Dan Katura, Yusuf Lubega Masengere and Joseph Ssebayiki.
Nsambu greeting supporters after rally in Bukoto South. He is accused of bribery and campaign violence

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Electoral Commission has tasked all candidates in the Bukoto south MP by elections to explain their alleged involvement in campaign violence. They are John Alintuma Nsambu, the NRM candidate, Mathias Nsubuga of DP, and Julius Ssentamu of FDC and independents Robert Rutalo, Dan Katura, Yusuf Lubega Masengere and Joseph Ssebayiki. According to the summons issued by Electoral Commission last evening, the candidates are expected to appear this evening before a security meeting at Kinoni community hall to explain their involvement in campaign violence.

They are also accused of conducting late night campaigns in breach of the campaign guidelines. Grace Aryaijja, the Lwengo district returning officer says they decided to summon the candidates because of clashes between supporters of Mathias Nsubuga and former ICT minister Alintuma Nsambu. Aryaijja says that he has received several complaints from members of either camp counter accusing each other of causing violence. He says that they also want Mathias Nsubuga, Alintuma Nsambu and Dan Katula to explain why they conduct campaigns beyond the 6pm deadline.

Aryaijja says that they have information the trio have been campaigning up to 10 pm in total disregard of the parliamentary election guidelines. He says that they decided to invite members of security agencies to record the complaints of all candidates and take appropriate action.  Both Dan Katula and Mathias Nsubuga confirmed to URN this morning that would attend the meeting saying they were ready to defend themselves. Mathias Nsubuga, the DP candidate also promised to call for the removal of Jonathan Baroza, the Lwengo DPC for alleged bias.

 

Nsubuga said that he does not expect free and fair elections on July 12 in case Baroza is still in charge of security in the area. He says that his supporters caught Aisha Kabanda, a state house operative red handed bribing voters at Kiwangala trading but they were instead arrested on the orders of the DPC. He says the failure by Baroza to arrest Kabanda shows he is biased toward towards the ruling party.

 

John Alintuma Nsambu has declined to comment on allegations of hiring NRM supporters to bribe voters and disrupt the campaign rallies of his main DP rival Mathias Nsubuga. Dan Katula, an independent denies his involvement in any form of campaign violence.  Last evening three DP campaigners were charged in Masaka court with alleged campaign violence. The trio, Dick Lukyamuzi Ssenyondo, Moses Kataabu and Musa Jjingo were release by Boniface Wamala, the Masaka chief magistrate on court bond.