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
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
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
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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.