Business came to standstill Wednesday morning in Mbale town as a section of National Resistance Movement members protested results of primaries elections.
Hundreds of NRM supporters from Industrial Division in Mbale Municipality, Bukonde, Nakaloke and Bubyangu sub-counties stormed the office of the Resident District Commissioner, before heading to Mbale district NRM offices in Amber Stores, Industrial Division.
Led by Tom Wemboya, the supporters claim that NRM party primaries in their areas were marred by malpractices, committed by the party sub-county registrars whom they say were compromised.
Supporters expected Charles Wafula to become the LC3 NRM flag bearer for Mbale Industrial Division but the electoral officer, Bonny Wamunga, declared Abdu Magoola winner without the results and tally sheet.
Wafula alleges the election official acted on orders from above to declare his opponent as winner.
“I will not accept the results because it was not free and fair elections. No votes were counted and tally sheets were not given to me,” he said.
Magoola on the other hand says he got more votes in most cells in the division hence defeating Wafula.
Dissatisfied, Wafula’s supporters for close to two hours marched through the Republic Street, Naboa Road, Kumi Road and Bishop Wasike Street carrying placards, and chanting.
They also moved with two black dogs, which they slaughtered upon reaching the NRM offices.
The group said this was a sign to show how unhappy they are with the primaries process in the district.
The angry supporters said NRM primaries in Mbale were full of irregularities although the NRM EC boss, Tanga Odoi, says they have ensured that the election is free and fair.