Biryabarema was returning from Kampala where the National Resistance Movement-NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tango Odoi delivered his final verdict on the disputed NRM primaries for the Rubanda East Parliamentary candidate and declared Henry Ariganyira Musasizi winner of the contested polls
teargas on Saturday evening in Kabale to break up a procession by Kenneth Jogo
Biryabarema, the incumbent Rubanda LC 5 chairperson and aspirant for the
Rubanda East Parliamentary seat.
Biryabarema was returning from Kampala where
the National Resistance Movement-NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr.
Tango Odoi delivered his final verdict on the disputed NRM primaries for the
Rubanda East Parliamentary candidate and declared Henry Ariganyira Musasizi
winner of the contested polls
the final declaration by Odoi, Musasizi won the primaries with 22,863 votes while Biryabarema
polled 22,635 votes. However, Biryabarema
protested the declaration accusing Odoi of ignoring the recommendation by the
NRM Elections Tribunal for a fresh of results from 16 disputed villages.
Biryabarema vowed to contest against Musasizi as an independent
On Saturday evening, Biryabarema was welcomed by a huge procession
of his supporters at Kabaraga hills in Kaharo Sub County on their way to
Rubanda. However, the
group was intercepted by heavily armed anti-police at Kabale- Butobere junction
who used teargas to disperse the procession.
Joel Ntabu, Officer-in-Charge of
Criminal Investigations Department at Kabale Police Station and another officer
identified as Kenneth Asiimwe who led the officers told Biryabarema that his procession
contravened the Public Order Management Act.
blocked Biryabarema at Kabale- Bunyonyi junction and cut off Kisoro Highway to
block him from proceeding to Bubaare Sub County. They instead ordered Biryabarema
to use Kabale-Bunyonyi road and connect to his residence in Kagarama in
Hamuhambo town council. Biryabarema faulted police for acting with excessive
force yet his supporters were peaceful.
He vowed not
to turn back despite the police intimidation.
//Cue in: “Aga amani go…
Cue out:… Rubanda kwehandikisa.”//
rejected the results of the NRM primaries accusing his rival Henry Ariganyira Musasizi,
the incumbent Rubanda East MP of conniving with the Rubanda District NRM registrar,
Aggrey Monday, Party administrator, Dezi Christmas and Gaudioza Kabondo, an
official from the NRM Electoral Commission headquarters to rig votes.
accused Monday of masterminding irregularities in the polls.