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Police Fires Tear Gas in Nansana as Supporters of Ian Kyeyune Insist on Voting

At Nabweru South Cell One, the polling officer, Nasir Mwanje, ordered for the closure of the polling station allowing only voters that appear in the register to access the area.
11 Sep 2020 13:47
Ian Kyeyune and his supporters in Nansana

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Police fired teargas on Friday after supporters of the former Wakiso Resident District Commissioner Ian Kyeyune insisted on voting despite not being in the party register.  

Kyeyune who was the first interim chairperson of Wakiso when it was carved out Mpigi in November 2000, argued that his supporters had been locked out of the polling station which is unfair.

Kyeyune is contesting with the Masuliita Town Council Chairperson Moses Mayanja.   

At Nabweru South Cell One, the polling officer, Nasir Mwanje, ordered for the closure of the polling station allowing only voters that appear in the register to access the area.  

Mwanje argued that allowing people not in the register to vote would cause confusion like it was in last week’s primaries for Members of Parliament. 

//Cue in: “Nzendiwo kusooma register....

Cue out…ng’atekekubidde.”//  

However, a group of supporters who were mobilized by Kyeyune’s agents said that this was a deliberate act to deny them an opportunity to vote for their candidate.  

//Cue in: “Tulage obwenkanya…

Cue out…tulage obwenkanya.”//    

The rowdy supporters started to threaten violence, forcing the police to intervene. They fired bullets and tear gas to disperse the rowdy supporters.

//Cue in…. field ambience// 

Shortly after a series of running battles between youths and police, Kyeyune arrived, which further escalated the situation. He insisted that he wanted all people around to be allowed to vote.

//Cue in: “sijja kuyingira…

Cue out…kibiina kyaffe.”//      

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