Military storms Kanungu election centre, ‘beats’ candidates


Army arrests Baryomunsi’s rival, Muhereza in Kinkiizi East

Last night, military personnel raided a tallying centre in Kanungu district reportedly beating up candidates and their agents.

The painful experience for many lasted for close to 30 minutes, according to a source who is part of the electoral process in the district.

UPDF soldiers were early in the week deployed to Kanungu to offer security during the NRM primaries.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, asked residents to remain calm saying the army would not take part in partisan politics but would only offer protection and observe order.

What happened next in Kinkiizi East was a report of how the army arrested and beat minister Chris Baryomunsi’s opponent, Flugence Muhereza.

Baryomunsi’s violent camp also beat up journalists destroying their cameras including one from New Vision.

At the end of the voting exercise, Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi defeated Muhereza and was elected NRM flag bearer for Kinkiizi East MP.

Army takes over election centre in Kinkiizi West

According to the source, in Kinkiizi West, votes were still being tallied by last night which was the second day.

The suddenly, the military raided the tallying centre located at the Kanungu district council and started beating up everyone.

“They chased away candidates and their agents. The rest of the voters scampered in disarray, running for their lives.”

The election official who chose not to be named says minutes after everyone had been chased away, a radio announced that Jackline Kyatuheire had won the Kinkiizi West MP seat.

Kyatuheire is one of the six contenders were vying to replace former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

Others are; Frank Twinomugabe (FDC), Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju, whom Mbabazi trounced in 2011; James Ruggi Kaberuka, the Kihiihi town council district councilor; Julius Mbabazi, the proprietor of Kihiihi Progressive primary school; James Kamwesiga, a former personal political assistant to Mbabazi and Dixon Ampumuza who formerly worked with New Vision.

According to the report, Kaberuka was leading in most of the polling stations but supporters dont understand how Kyatuheire emerged winner.

“Altered results”

The official says by the time the army drove them away from the tallying centre, Godwilly Bakiga who was standing for the LC 5 chairperson had 19,256 votes.

Josephine Kasya, the incumbent LC5 chairperson of Kanungu district had 27,360 votes, according to provisional results.

“The difference was 8,104 votes altogether.”

After announcing Kyatuheire as winner for MP seat, it was realised that Kasya’s votes had diminished to 2,320 votes and Bakiga’s to 1,495 votes with a difference of 825 votes.

“Overall lead is with 8,929 votes.  Those are the only received ballots at NRM office by close of 2nd day.”

The official says both police and NRM registrar are not aware of where the rest of the votes “disappeared to”.

Meanwhile, ‪Ruth Karungi Ruth was announced the winner of Kanungu Woman MP seat.

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