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Victims of Lwengo NRM Primary Elections Violence Seek Justice :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Victims of Lwengo NRM Primary Elections Violence Seek Justice

Patrick Kabigumira, the Musubiiro village NRM elections presiding officer in Lwengo Sub County, who was badly beaten during the polls wants police to arrest and cause the prosecution of his attackers.

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Victims of the election violence that played out in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries in Lwengo district are demanding for justice. At least five people in different parts of Lwengo district sustained injuries after being assaulted in scuffles that ensued at the various polling stations during the primaries for the LC V candidates.  

  Patrick Kabigumira, the Musubiiro village NRM elections presiding officer in Lwengo Sub County, who was badly beaten during the polls wants police to arrest and cause the prosecution of his attackers.

He explains that while executing his duties, he was roughed up by a group of youth armed with sticks that went around raiding polling stations to intimidate voters to allegedly suppress competition against the incumbent Lwengo LC V Chairperson, George Mutabaazi.    

Kabigumira wants the perpetrators of the violence to be compelled to compensate the victims for the brutality minted out to them as well as meeting the costs they incurred on medical care. Godfrey Waligo and Kasim Kyambadde, who were also assaulted, argue that the failure of police to arrest their tormentors is frustrating their efforts to get justice. 

 

According to Waligo, despite furnishing police with sufficient evidence about the violence and submitting medical reports, their tormentors have remained scot-free. Kyambadde argues that should acts of violence go without punishment it likely to frustrate members’ participation in the party processes. 


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Peter Akampulira, the Lwengo District Police Commander, says they are still following up on the matter but couldn’t tell the stage where there investigations have reached. He instead asked the complainants to follow up their files with the relevant investigations officers to whom the files were allocated.   





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Participation in any form of election violence according to the Parliamentary Elections Act 2001 is an offence punishable with a fine not exceeding Shillings 600,000 or imprisonment of at least one year or both upon on conviction.                  

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