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President Museveni Shifts Campaign Base to Bugweri

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President Yoweri Museveni has this morning shifted his by election campaign base from Kamuli to Bugweri County, ahead of the Bugweri County parliamentary by elections.
Although the electoral commission has not yet set the date for the Bugweri county by-elections, both FDC and the NRM party members are already stepping up their campaigns to consolidate their support in the area.
The Bugweri County parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeals rejected a petition by the area MP, Information Minister Kirunda Kivejinja, seeking to overturn a ruling by the High Court that nullified his election.
In October last year, the High Court in Jinja nullified Kivejinja's election on grounds that it was fraught with irregularities ranging from voter intimidation and violence to non-compliance of the electoral law. Kivejinja's election was challenged by the former area MP, Abdul Katuntu.
The Court of Appeals said there was sufficient evidence to prove that election irregularities ranging from voter intimidation and violence to non-compliance of the electoral law had affected the outcome of the polls.
The FDC is preparing to throw its full weight behind the former Bugweri MP, Abdul Katuntu, to ensure he regains his seat from Kivejinja.
In March, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Ogenga Latigo, says his party will pitch camp in Kamuli district to educate the population on the importance of their participation in the by-election. He said a win for the FDC will send a signal to President Yoweri Museveni that Ugandans will not be intimidated into voting for the NRM.
Meanwhile, security in Kamuli District has been stepped up to block suspected hooligans form disrupting tomorrows LC V by-elections.
Last evening police in Kamuli arrested 28 FDC youth wingers for allegedly planning to disrupt the LC V Elections, due tomorrow.
The youths were rounded up at Caltex petrol station in Kamuli town, on their way to meet the FDC party contender, Salam Musumba at her home in Namwenda.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source in police said that some youths were found with jerry cans of petrol. On interrogation, the youths told police that they were planning to set ablaze polling centers which they suspected would be manned by the military.
The suspects will be charged this afternoon.

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