Fear Of Violence Turns Kyenjojo Voters Away From Campaign Rallies

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Voters of Mwenge North in Kyenjojo district are turning away from campaign rallies of the aspiring Members of Parliament for fear of violence.

There have been conflicts in the constituency between supporters of Tom Butiime, the incumbent MP and his David Muhumuza, the MRM party candidate.

The conflict resulted from last year's party primaries when Butiime was declared the winner by the Kyenjojo NRM administrative secretary but in a surprise move, the NRM party declared Muhumuza as the party's official candidate.

However voters in the constituency have been dragged in the conflict. For the past one week, the candidates have not been able to address the rallies because people are shunning them because they fear violence may erupt.

In the sub counties of Katooke, Kyarusozi and Bufunjo, there are less than twenty voters at a campaign rally.

This comes after unknown people stormed the rally of Butiime on January 8th at Kyarusozi trading centre and hurled stones at them injuring five people.

Edith Bajenja and Charles Kayondo, both residents of Kyarusozi trading centre says that they will not attend the rallies of the candidates until the police provides security at the venues.

Bajenja says that the candidates should find other means of speaking to the voters but not address the rallies. She says that she is surprised that the police have done nothing to protect the voters from acts of violence.

But Wilson Kwanya, the Regional Police Commander Western says that the police have put in place measures to prevent acts of violence only during the elections

Kwanya says that police has been provided with 10 motorcycles which will patrol the constituency.

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Kwanya however said that the police can not provide security at the campaign rallies of the candidate because of shortage of policemen.

In an interview, Butiime said that since the people are shunning the rallies, he has resorted to door –door campaigns and using the radio to campaign.

Muhumuza blames the police for deliberately refusing to provide security at the rallies. He alleges that police only provides security at the rallies of his rival, an allegation Kwanya denies.