Byanyima wants Jinja RDC arrested


Jinja deputy Resident District Commission [Daily Monitor]

Oxfam boss, Winnie Byanyima, suggests that Jinja deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Erick Ssakwa, be arrested for making partisan statements.

Daily Monitor quotes Ssakwa saying whoever will be found disrupting the February 18 elections in Jinja District will be shot dead.

Ssakwa said the decision to use live ammunition against election saboteurs was taken during a recent meeting of the Jinja District Security Committee.

“Some people are preparing their groups to cause confusion but we have prepared security of both police and military to shoot anyone who will be involved in this,” he is quoted by Monitor as saying last Thursday during the launch of the Citizen’s Manifesto in Jinja Town.

He warned politicians in the municipality were training militias to sabotage the elections and force the Electoral Commission to organise special elections in which people from other areas can come in to influence the outcome of such an election.

The RDC claimed the same groups had begun stocking up pangas and bows and arrows to commit crimes.

Jinja RDC, Rex Achila, complimented his deputy: “If those ones intending to cause confusion use a gun, we shall also use a gun, if they use a panga, we shall also use a panga.”

Winnie Byanyima in a Twitter message said: “This man and his team should withdraw threat to kill or be arrested.”

She adds: “This man says his team will take law in own hands & commit crime.”

Ever since she took a job at Oxfam, Winnie has stayed clear of partisan politics but always chirps in when something is going awry.

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