The investigation is being headed by the Commissioner of Police Francis Olugu, who is overseeing electoral ffences in Acholi Sub-region. It stems from a complaint raised by incumbent Lamwo District Woman Legislator Molly Lanyero.
The Police have opened an investigation against the Lamwo Resident
District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega over alleged electoral offences.
The investigation is being headed by the Commissioner of Police Francis Olugu,
who is overseeing electoral offences in Acholi Sub-region.
It stems from a complaint raised by the incumbent Lamwo District
Woman MP Molly Lanyero who lost to an independent candidate Nancy Acora.
Acora polled 16,990 votes against Lanyero who got 12,846 votes on
National Resistance Movement Party ticket.
Lanyero, however, rejected the results alleging that the elections
were marred with violence, intimidation and were rigged in favour of her rival
with the backing of security personnel led by Kidega.
Ezekiel Emitu, the Aswa River Region Police Commander said that Kidega is being
investigated over alleged electoral offences.
He says Lanyero raised complaints to the Police in Lamwo District alleging that
her agents were intimidated while some were kidnapped on orders of the RDC.
Emitu says the police on orders of Olugu arrested the RDC over the weekend and
briefly detained him along with his escorts. Also arrested over the allegations
Emitu, however, says the suspects were all released on Police bond after brief
detention adding that the matter is being fully investigated.
“The CID team effected some arrest but the suspects were released on police
bond. You are aware investigations take some time, the inquiry has just
commenced and it’s still premature to give out all the details,” Emitu said.
Lanyero says that intimidation against her and the campaign team started during
the campaigns but intensified on election eve and the night when elections were
She alleges her appointment letters for the agents were confiscated by the
Kidega leaving them unable to secure her votes since they weren’t allowed to access
the polling stations and tallying center early.
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Efforts to get comments from Kidega was futile by press time as his known phone
number wasn’t available while Acora didn’t respond to our repeated phone calls.