Banyenzaki found with ticked ballots, polls cancelled


Banyenzaki meeting voters

Henry Banyenzaki, the State Minister for Economic Monitoring, has reportedly been found with 15,000 NRM pre-ticked ballot papers.

With the intervention of NRM electoral commission boss, Tanga Odoi, and NRM national vice chairman, Moses Kigongo, the minister was forced to return the 15,000 ballots he had smuggled in.

It remains unclear whether he returned all the ballots as requested.

As such, voting for constituency MPs in Rubanda West has been cancelled.

However, voting for Women and LC5 flag bearers will go on.

Tempers also flared as people wondered why Banyenzaki was not arrested for the offence.

Banyenzaki has been in the news for attempting to kidnap the Kabale District Speaker, Twinomuhangi Pastori.

Banyenzaki, who is the Rubanda West Member of Parliament, in August, tried to kidnap former deputy district resident commissioner for Kabale district, Moses Niwagaba, at Rubare in Ntungamo district.

He managed to take away Niwagaba’s vehicle and some personal items.

The minister continues to act with impunity yet no one seems to restrain or condemn his actions.

In Ndorwa West, minister David Bahati is also being accused of voter bribery and intimidation.

Shangabasheija, a supporter of Bahati was reportedly caught by residents in possession of pre-ticked ballots in favour of the state minister for Planning in the Ministry of Finance.

Saturday Ssebugisho, a resident of Katuna was also allegedly harassed for supporting Bahati’s rival.

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