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Video: Kanungu NRM registrar arrested over messy primaries

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[Photos of Kanungu district NRM party registrar, John Byaruhanga arriving at Kyadondo offices to meet Tanga] 

Kanungu district NRM party registrar, John Byaruhanga, is currently behind bars for messing up party primaries.

Byaruhanga was arrested on Monday on orders of the NRM electoral commission chairman, Tanga Odoi.

Kanungu leaders petitioned the party secretariat accusing the registrar of altering their results with the help of the army that stormed a tallying centre.

On Monday, Tanga held a closed door meeting in Kampala with all the candidates who participated in Kanungu NRM primaries.

Byaruhanga was then asked to present his case.

He told the meeting that all declaration forms for all candidates were properly tallied with all candidates and their respective agents present before he declared winners amidst a gathering.

However, he submitted a summary of results declared and not declaration forms which he ought to have attached.


After Kanungu results were cancelled over malpractices, the president appointed team led by Abbey Mukwaya to investigate the matter.

The team met thousands of voters from areas of Rutenga, Mpungu, Kayonza Kinaaba Kambuga, Nyamirama, Rugyeyo, Kihihi, Kinoni at the district NRM offices.

The committee headed by Mukwaya also included Emeritus Bishop Enock Kayeye of North Kivu Diocese in DRC.

Mukwaya later told reporters in Kanungu town that they only required three days to establish the root cause of the problem.

Supporters threaten to quit party

However this did not go well with public who complained about NRM and others were plotting to join other political parties.

The chairperson Kanungu district Josephine Kasya asked residents who were complaining of their time and transport they spent to meet the committee members to remain calm.

“Take back your cards,” some of the residents protested.

Other residents were heard saying that they no longer need RDC Harriet Nakamya and Benson Karabahene.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Karungi who is incumbent woman Member of Parliament Kanungu district told her supporters that she would go to court.

Results cleared

After Mukwaya had compiled his report, he handed it over to the party chairman.

That is when Tanga summoned the Kanungu registrar, Byaruhanga to explain himself.

After his submission, the angry Tanga ordered the registrar arrested and detained.

“How can you mess up elections and you don’t say sorry,” the angry Tanga is seen in a video reprimanding the registrar.

Tanga then reversed the results thus declaring the right candidates including Josephine Kasya.

Counting and tallying of the votes resumes on Monday for those who were not declared.

Tanga has all the declaration forms for candidates who took part in the Kanungu NRM primaries.

Case of NRM registrars

Arua NRM registrar, Phillip Obeti, was also this week arrested for embezzling Shs 5.8m meant for polling officials during NRM primaries.

In Hoima, the NRM district party registrar, Paul Kato, was also arrested for involvement in vote rigging.

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