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FDC asks police to release Kasese Returning Officer

Wafula Oguttu, the FDC spokesperson, says as far as they are concerned Kanzira is innocent. He alleges that Kanzira is being punished for declining to attend a night meeting called by Crispus Kiyonga the Defence minister in which he had been summoned to take the voters’ register.

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Forum for Democratic Change is calling on the police to release the Kasese district returning officer Kanzira Vally Tumwesigye.

Wafula Oguttu, the FDC spokesperson, says as far as they are concerned Kanzira is innocent. He alleges that Kanzira is being punished for declining to attend a night meeting called by Crispus Kiyonga the Defence minister in which he had been summoned to take the voters’ register.

Kanzira was arrested on Saturday by a team of detectives from the Political and Media Crimes Unit. His arrest was on allegations of fraud in the just concluded District Woman Member of Parliament by-elections.

The arrest came a day after President Museveni accused electoral commission officials of accepting bribes and conniving with opposition politicians to defeat candidates of the ruling NRM party in parliamentary by-elections.

Wafula says they will be happy if President Museveni and his team can adduce evidence or else apologise for the allegations.

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The opposition chief whip Winnie Kiiza, retained her seat as Kasese woman MP after defeating her closest challenger NRM’s Rehema Muhindo.

However, The Electoral Commission spokesperson Charles Ochola maintains these are just allegations against their officer and until the NRM can provide strong evidence against him, he is innocent.

He adds that EC officer during elections operate within the law and insists their lawyers will stand by Tumwesigye until the matter is closed.

Police spokesperson Simon Kutesa says Kanzira is being charged with neglect of duty and investigations into the case are ongoing.

Wafula also revealed that upon being sworn in as MP, Kiiza, who is the FDC chief whip in Parliament, will automatically take over as the leader of opposition in Parliament. Kiiza will be sworn in on the 27th of August this year.

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She replaces Nandala Mafabi who is contesting for the FDC presidential seat against Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the party secretary for mobilization, and Geoffrey Ekanya, the Tororo county MP and shadow minister for Finance.

All candidates will have to resign their post to allow for fair competition in the contest as campaigns kick off.

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