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Two NRM Chairpersons Arrested for Confiscating National Voters Register

Apollo Wanasolo, the NRM Chairperson of Bunambatsu parish in Nakatsi Sub County was arrested alongside Augustine Kuloba, the chairman NRM in Nabusera village, allegedly confiscated the registers from Bukusechi and Buchunya primary school, where they had been displayed by the Electoral Commission.

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The Police have arrested two chairpersons of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party in Bududa district, for confiscating the national voter's register. 

Apollo Wanasolo, the NRM Chairperson of Bunambatsu parish in Nakatsi Sub County was arrested alongside Augustine Kuloba, the chairman NRM in Nabusera village, allegedly confiscated the registers from Bukusechi and Buchunya primary school, where they had been displayed by the Electoral Commission. 

The act was to reportedly protect a move to annex their parishes to Kikholo Town Council which was recently carved out of Nabweya Sub County last financial year.  The town council annexed Bushunya, Bumusenyi, and Bunambatsu parishes to expand the boundaries as required under the local government act.  However, the chairmen are against the expansion. 

Sarah Nandutu, an eye witness said the situation started with a fistfight between the NRM boss and the display officer whose names are still unknown until the register was torn in pieces. When matters seemed to get out of hand, she alerted the LCI Chairperson who later called the police to rescue the situation.    

Lumasaba bite //Cue in; “barumanile bandu…

Cue out… Akana khumukhupa.’’// 

Bududa NRM Registrar Michael Wanditi Watalunga faulted his colleagues for failing to heed to advice to take lawful steps to ensure that they are excluded from the town council. He cited the leadership of Nabungara and Bumwalye parishes who wanted to be left out of Kuushu town council and they were removed after writing to the relevant authorities.       

Bukusechi village chairperson Jackson Wandwasi said he equally cannot deviate from opinions of his locals who have resisted being part of Kikholo Town Council. He said the locals want to remain in Nakatsi Sub County because they don’t have money to survey their land and build permanent houses as required under the urban development plans.

Lumasaba bite//Cue in; “babaandu baase babekhali …   

Cue out…. khufurisa I bukigai.”//   

Stephen Wanda, an elder of the village council blamed Godfrey Bwaya, the LC III Chairperson for betraying them and displaying adamancy on the matter, despite knowing that their community shares nothing in common with the town council, which was hitherto part of Nabyeya Sub County. 

Benjamin Kimaswa, the district councillor representing Nakatsi Sub County said they have repeatedly asked Bududa District Local Government to exclude the three parishes from the town council in vain. He, however, blamed the chairman for taking the law in his hands. 

English bite//Cue in; “what I can tell the public is that…  

Cue out… You don’t force people.’’//   

Nakatsi sub-county Chairperson Godfrey Bwaya told our reporter in a phone interview that they cannot harbour locals in communities who do not want development adding that the town council came to bring services closer to the people and commended the police for rescuing the situation. 

Bududa District Chairman Wilson Watira condemned the act saying they should have informed the responsible persons about their refusal instead of confiscating the voter’s registers. 

Bududa District Returning Officer Ronald Nsereko said this is a national exercise which had nothing to do with their wrangles in the administrative units.

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