100 left homeless for voting Museveni as houses are burnt in Mbale

More than 100 residents of Namatala Ward in the Eastern district of Mbale have been left homeless after their grass thatched houses were set ablaze by suspected arsonists.

The authorities say the area is predominantly occupied by supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) whose candidate Yoweri Museveni was last week declared winner in the February 18 presidential elections.

Mr Museveni was declared winner after he got 60.75% of votes cast, beating his closet challenges Forum for Democratic Chance (FDC) flag nearer Dr Kizza Besigye who garnered 35% of the votes.

There were no deaths reported but some of the victims escaped the attack with serious injuries of fire burn and have been admitted in various health centres around.

Police has not yet established the motive I the attack but residents say they overwhelmingly supported Mr Museveni in the recent elections and this could have been the cause of the attack.

The attack which happened at midnight while most residents were asleep left over 20 houses burnt to ashes.

Residents are now appealing to the president elect, Museveni’s government to help them.

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