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Police Quiz Nambooze on Kampala Mayoral Election Violence :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Quiz Nambooze on Kampala Mayoral Election Violence


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Betty Nambooze, the Mukono North MP, has been grilled by police in Kawempe for illegally transporting youth from her constituency to disrupt the mayoral elections in Kampala.



On Wednesday night police rounded up 49 people renting rooms in Kass Club in Kawempe. They are accused of holding an unlawful assembly at the lodge.



Nambooze and her lawyer Medard Segona were summoned to report Kawempe Police Station today. For about an hour the two argued with the Kawempe police commander Moses Ochieng.



Nambooze was questioned about her motive in bring polling agents from as far as Mukono to officiate in yesterday's suspended elections. She maintained that she did nothing wrong.



According to Nambooze, the 47 men and two women arrested were duly appointed by independent mayoral candidate Erias Lukwago to act as his polling agents. She said it was their right to participate in the vote.



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The Kawempe police commander Moses Ochieng said the suspects would be charged with holding an unlawful assembly. He said that at the time of the arrest none of the suspects had a letter introducing them as Lukwago's agents.



Betty Nambooze's lawyer, Medard Segona, said the unlawful assembly charge is baseless. He questioned how people found sleeping peacefully in a lodge could constitute an illegal gathering.



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The police had summoned Erias Lukwago to make a statement at the Kawempe station. However when he arrived in the company of about 15 young men, the police commander said recording a statement was not necessary.



Lukwago engaged in a heated argument with the police, demanding the release of his agents. He was unsuccessful in this.



Moses Ochieng said the suspects were to be taken to court as soon as the investigations were completed.



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