Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, was Thursday arrested in Mitooma district over voter bribery.
The district Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Guma Nuwagaba, caught the minister red-handed in broad daylight distributing bribes in handouts of Shs20,000 to voters.
The incident happened in Kabira trading centre in Kabira county in Mitooma district.
The RDC who was in the company of military, according to the source, handcuffed Kahinda and dragged him to his office.
Apparently, the minister reportedly pleaded with the RDC to have mercy.
“He cried like a hungry child and the RDC felt pity for me,” the source told us.
“Go home. I have forgiven you. Go home and leave election things alone,” the RDC told Kahinda and set him free shortly after.
We were unable to reach the minister for a comment as his phone remained unavailable.
Minister trailing in the race
The minister, according to provisional results, is trailing his rival Capt. Dononzio Kahonda in the Ruhinda North constituency MP race.
According to New Vision, in the majority of polling stations, Kahonda was leading with a big margin.
At Mitooma district headquarters, Kahonda garnered 298 while Otafiire got 135, at Nyakishwojwa Kahonda polled 319 against Otafiire’s 54.
At Rwakahimbi primary school, Kahonda got 148 while Otafiire received 109.
At Kirera, Otafiire beat Kahonda with 212 votes while Kahonda got 186.
At Kikunyu Otafiire also won with 262 votes against Kahonda’s 161.
At Kichwamba, Kahonda garnered 231 against Otafiire’s 128 while at Rusasi Kahonda scored 144 votes against Otafiire’s 28.
At Rurehe Primary School, Kahonda got 248 votes while Otafiire took 97 and at Buharambo, Kahonda scored 261 compared to Otafiire’s 74.
At Nyaruzinga, Otafiire received 126, Kahonda 168.
At Kaganga Primary School, Kahonda polled 271 against Otafiire’s 137.
Kahonda defeated Otafiire in the NRM primaries while he (Kahonda) was in prison.
Kahinda says he will accept the results if defeated in the end.