Riot in Kabale over NRM vote rigging


NRM supporters take to Kabale streets over vote rigging/ Photo by Job Apuuli

A protest has broken out in Kabale town against the election malpractice witnessed in the concluded ruling party primaries.

The protesters are said to be supporters of the Kabale Woman MP aspirant, Atukunda Abigail Victoria, who accuses NRM registrars of conspiring with some winners to cheat.

Caleb Turyamutunga, the NRM coordinator Kigezi region condemned the malpractice just as supporters took to the streets.

Police moved out heavily armed and battled the rioters who were marching to the NRM offices in Kabale town.

While the party officials in the district remain silent, supporters say most of them were caught with pre-ticked ballot papers before the elections in the Kabale could commence.

Witnesses who asked not to be named said the pre-ticked ballots in favour of Patrick Keihwa and Catherine Ndamira, were discovered among their followers.

Keihwa, the Kabale District LC5 chairperson, retained his seat with 90,000 votes while Ndamira garned 62,000 votes to take the NRM Kabale Woman flag.

Although there was a low voter turn-up, people wondered where Ndamira got all those votes from.

Ndamira’s rival, Atukunda says her results were changed hence losing the election.

Atukunda is likely to come back as an independent running against the current Woman MP, Ronah Ninsiima.

The Kabale polls are said to have been characterised by intimidation, vote bribery and vote rigging.

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