Police in Kasese have impounded two vehicles belonging to two candidates; James Mbahimba, the incumbent Kasese MP and mayoral candidate Paul Asaba Mudaki.
Bob Kagarura, the Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander identified the vehicles as Toyota Premio registration number CE 851AC and BMW registration number UAR 287X.
The Premio belongs to Mbahimba while the BMW belongs to Mudaki.
According to Kagarura, Mbahimba’s vehicle didn’t have number plates when they impounded it on Sunday night but they found Congolese number plates CE 851AC in the co-driver’s seat.
Mbahimba’s vehicle was intercepted at Rwabitooke cell on the boundary of Central Division and Muhokya sub-county while allegedly distributing unspecified items to voters.
“These vehicles that are impounded here were not impounded as a result of harassment. Even the owners can bear us witness, they were not impounded because of any other thing but because they were doing a wrong thing at night”, Kagarura said.
“That was voter bribery. For example the black vehicle was having commodities which purportedly were being distributed and when we got it, the occupants took off. So when they took off, we had to request the driver to bring it here who are going to use as our witness.”
He continued: “Then, this other Premio, for it was deep in the villages where the municipality ends and also the occupants took off, we also recovered some evidence. But well this is not conclusive, we are keeping them here, the owners will come and explain themselves [what] they were doing in the field at night and probably we shall be guided on how to proceed.”
Mbahimba says he dispatched his vehicles last evening to help ferry traders and farmers to Mawa market so that they could return back to their polling areas by midday to start voting.
Mbahimba feigned ignorance when asked whether he didn’t know that it was illegal to ferry voters to polling stations.
Leonard Kasereka, the campaign manager of Mbahimba’s rival Ferigo Kambale says the vehicles were impounded because of the vigilance of their teams on ground.
“Our camp had the vigilance to monitor those who bribe voters,..beg for votes. Today, the police captured the vehicle or a car, Premio of Hon Mbahimba. They had removed the number plates. It is a pity to see that a leader is the one bribing the community, the public. In fact we are very sorry to see such a leader bribing the people,” Kasereka said.
The elections of NRM parliamentary, LC V chairperson and Mayoral candidates were scheduled to take place today.
However, the polls were postponed to tomorrow over late distribution of voting materials.