Soldiers from Special Forces Command [SFC], regular UPDF and the police Thursday raided and placed Western Youth Member of Parliament Gerald Karuhanga’s home under military siege.
Karuhanga is running for the Ntungamo Municipality parliamentary seat against incumbent Yona Musinguzi.
The military apparently transformed Ntungamo Town into a temporary military barracks, cruising military trucks aka Mambas and patrolling the entire perimeter all day long.
While some soldier laid siege of Karuhanga’s home, others were busy beating up his supporters.
“Many of my supporters and agents have been arrested and taken to police and others to safe house,” Karuhanga told Daily Monitor.
He said the army raided polling stations and took away ballot papers at around 2 pm.
They smashed his vehicle and injured his supporters in a ruthless brutal suppression.
Police in Ntungamo arrested 20 people for inciting violence during election period.
The district police commander, Baker Kawonawo, told the newspaper they had arrested about 20 people for allegedly bribing voters.
UPDF soldiers scare away voters
In Masindi Municipality, UPDF soldiers manned polling stations armed-to-the-teeth.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, who said the army was not partisan, had assured Ugandans they would not go to polling stations armed.
However, armed military was seen camping at the Bunyoro Grower’s Ginnery junction in Kihande Trading Centre.
The armed men were also reported at Kikwana Polling Station in Nyangahya Division and Nyangahya Polling Centre in Masindi Central Division.