NRM candidate Salim punches rival Kibedi


Salim addressing supporters/ New Vision photo 

Kampala Central Division mayoral candidate, Salim Uhuru, has punched his rival, Mohammed Kibedi, at the party headquarters in Kyadondo.

Supporters of Uhuru stormed the party’s electoral commission head offices protesting malpractice as exhibited in the Kampala mayoral primaries election held on Monday.

Uhuru accuses Kibedi of rigging the polls by printing extra ballot papers.

The elections, earlier scheduled to take place in Mengo and Kisenyi III, were transferred to the party headquarters amid chaos.

The two candidates exchanged blows at the party head offices only to be restrained by police.

NRM EC boss, Tanga Odoi, advised Uhuru to petition the party is he felt he was cheated.

“If I find out that either Uhuru or Kibedi cheated, I will cancel the election,” Tanga said.

Kibedi in his defence denied ballot stuffing.

Kibedi revealed having entered an agreement to support Uhuru in the NRM Kampala chairperson race where he defeated Godfrey Nyakana.

Uhuru would return the same favour when it came to mayoral elections.

Fist fight

To the contrary, when Uhuru lost the poll, he embarked on violent scenes orchestrated by his supporters.

Uhuru agrees that he signed an oath that if he was defeated he would concede and move on.

He, however, notes that in this case, his defeat hinged on voter bribery and ballot stuffing.

“Vote malpractice wasn’t only against me but in many other areas,” Uhuru told press.

He added: “We followed a police patrol that packed ballots from the DISO’S office.”

He accuses police of taking sides by favouring his rival and suppressing his supporters demonstrating at the party offices.

“Police has been biased,” he said.

Tanga advised Uhuru to accept defeat just like Godfrey Nyakana did.

The NRM EC boss also called in Francis Babu to resolve the impasse after the first meeting to end the conflict failed.

The first Wednesday meeting ended with Uhuru punching Kibedi in front of Tanga minutes after the former had tried to box the latter.

“I am not dying to be mayor. All I want is the people’s voice to be heard,” Uhuru insisted in protest of election mismanagement at the NRM head office in Kyadondo.

Tanga told the candidates to rein in on their camps and calm them down.


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