We wrote a story at the close of October indicating that the national army said to be “non-partisan” had raided an election centre in Kanungu town aiding vote rigging.
During the concluded ruling party NRM primaries, the “professional” military personnel stormed a tallying centre in Kanungu district reportedly beating up candidates and their agents.
The painful experience for many lasted for close to 30 minutes.
While deploying UPDF soldiers 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.
We have pictures of soldiers arresting Flugence Muhereza, a candidate in Kinkiizi East MP race.
Muhereza was running against minister Chris Baryomunsi who was later elected NRM flag bearer for Kinkiizi East MP.
The same minister had earlier been caught with pre-ticked ballot papers.
After we had published the story, Baryomunsi’s camp beat up journalists and destroyed their gadgets.
Army takes over election centre in Kinkiizi West
While election officers were tallying votes at a centre located at the Kanungu district council, the army stormed the venue and reportedly beat them up.
They chased away candidates and their agents and confiscated both election materials and gadgets that were used in the exercise.
In one of the pictures, a UPDF soldier is seen confiscating a laptop.
Kanungu Woman MP Elizabeth Karungi is also seen in the picture begging the soldier not to take the laptop but to no avail.
Ruth Karungi was later announced the winner of Kanungu Woman MP seat.
Minutes after everyone had been chased away, a radio announced that Jackline Kyatuheire had won the Kinkiizi West MP seat.
Kyatuheire was vying with 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.
An election official told us that 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.
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.
Election results cancelled
Kasya said they later protested the results citing vote rigging leading to the nullification of the Kanungu election.
More than 3,000 supporters also gathered at the district premises where they met officials from the NRM secretariat.
They cited a lot of intimidation and lack of transparency in tallying process.
They also cited harassment of agents by police and the army.
The NRM committee headed by Abbey Mukwaya is yet to resolve the matter.