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Nine Arrested in Bugweri Over Election Violence

08 Feb 2011 17:10

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Nine people including a police officer have been arrested from Bugweri County for electoral related offenses. The suspects are Betty Mugoya, Moses Wakuma, a police officer, Martin Juliya, Ibrahim Kasango, Edward Mugabi, Ronald Nakyapa, Francis Onyango, Saffi Waiswa and Peter Mugoya.



They were arrested today by residents from Butende and handed over to the police.



Elias Kikoni, a resident of the area says that the suspects have been intimidating voters in Makuutu, Igombe, Buyanga and Ibulanku sub counties.



He says that group has been operating with the help of Perez Katamba, the former Iganga Resident District Commissioner.



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The suspects have allegedly been using a pick up of registration number UAB 260F to target supporters of Abdul Katuntu, the incumbent member of parliament.



Ayub Kyozira, a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change members says that the suspects have forced they way into the houses of several residents demanding to know why they support Abdul Katuntu.

Kyozira says that the suspects were arrested in Butende after being tracked down for about an hours.

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Samuel Kamulya, the personal assistant to Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, the minister of internal affairs denies that the group is connected to the minister. He demands proof from the residents linking the suspects to Kirunda Kivejinja.



Christopher Kubai, South Eastern regional police commander says that they have launched investigations into the matter. He says that suspects will face the full wrath of the law once found guilty of campaign violence.



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Cases of voter intimidation have also been reported in Buzaya, Bunhya East and West and Bugabula south constituencies in Busoga.

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