Police in Lwengo are holding five people believed to be the masterminds of Sunday night clashes, in which 30 people were injured. Geoffrey Egwangu, the Officer in Charge of Lwengo Central Police Station says the suspects were found terrorising residents in several villages in the district on Sunday night.
Some of the suspects, whose identities have been withheld by Police were clad in military uniform and welding huge sticks during their arrest. According to Police, the suspects told detectives during interrogations that they were ferried to the district by Sarah Nkonge, a former Presidential Assistant on land matters.
Nkonge is contesting for the Lwengo District Woman MP NRM party ticket. Some of the suspects who spoke to URN admitted being brought to the district by Nkonge. The former presidential aide couldn\'t be reached for comment.
Meanwhile several people were injured on Sunday night in Mbirizi â€“Lwengo town council during clashes between supporters of Isaac Ssejoba, the incumbent Bukoto Midwest MP and those of his rivals Joseph Muyomba Kasozi and Eddy Sansa Luwaga.
Some of the injured are Amudani Kasozi, Gerald Kafeero, Kizito Lawrence, and Nafutari Mubiru. According to Kasozi, he was sleeping when some people knocked on his door. Kasozi says when he opened the door some men pulled him out and started assaulting him while accusing him of supporting Isaac Ssejoba, the incumbent Bukoto Midwest MP. Kasozi sustained a deep cut on the back as a result of the attack.
Gerald Kafeero, another victim of the attack says he only woke up to find himself in a bush. Kafeero suffered serious injuries on the head, back and hands. He is receiving treatment at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. Eddy Sansa, one of the candidates says the supporters Ssejoba went house to house beating up his supporters.
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Isaac Ssejoba, the incumbent Bukoto Midwest MP has denied claims of hiring men to attack the supporters of his rival. He instead accuses his rivals of masterminding the violence to scare away his supporters.
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The NRM primary elections are scheduled for today following their postponement on Monday.