FDC officials arrested in Butaleja polls
Publish Date: Feb 11, 2013
FDC officials arrested in Butaleja polls
Election officers at a polling station. Photo by Daniel Edyegu
  • mail
  • img

By Daniel Edyegu and Moses Bikala

Police have arrested 10 FDC members including the party deputy president, Salamu Musumba in the Butaleja by-election.

Musumba was apprehended at Busolwe town council on the eve of polling day together with five other party members ; Aggrey Ngobe, Ali Mwiso, Patrick Kayondo, John Muhama and Ramadhan Magula.

Police also arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye’s aides Sam Mugumya and Francis Mwijuke at Busolwe town council. All the suspects were detained at Tororo Police station except Musumba who was transferred to Malaba Police station, at the Uganda-Kenya border.

Mugumya and Mwijuke were arrested at Good Hope Guest House while briefing FDC polling agents.

Vincent Ssekate, the Police deputy spokesperson explained that Musumba and five others were arrested dishing out items to the electorate in Busolwe on the polling eve.

“We arrested her with bars of soap, packets of salt, mattresses, meat and maize flour while distributing to the voters. We are not against politicians from a particular party here, as alleged, but to ensure the polling process is peaceful. Otherwise we arrest all the FDC politicians around,” Ssekate said.

But Felista Namwihiri, the FDC Woman MP candidate who was with Musumba at the time of arrest rubbished the Police accusations.

Florence Nebanda, the NRM candidate cast her ballot at 10:35am at Butaleja headquarters polling station, at the town council. Nebanda said despite the assault of her supporters during the campaigns, she will not contest the outcome of the polls provided they are free and fair.

Betty Hamba, an independent candidate in the race voted at Nakabi polling station, Kachonga Sub County; at 8:15am while Perusi Munaba


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ex-UNRA boss asks to testify in camera
FORMER UNRA boss Eng. Peter Ssebanakitta, who is named in the Tororo-Mbale-Soroti road fraud that cost over sh200b, asked if he could deliver his evidence in camera...
Senior four exams kick off
Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations kicked off on Thursday with with briefing. Candidates have been warned against examination malpractice.Speaking to senior four briefing of candidates, Robert Kiwanuka, Head of Economics Department, City High School, urged the candidates to prepare for the rain so that they do not miss the exams....
MPs scout for hospital beds in Turkey
Members of the parliamentary committee on health have been in Turkey undertaking a market survey on cheaper oxygen plants and high quality beds for regional referral hospitals....
Young East African entrepreneurs form alliance to create jobs
Young entrepreneurs from Uganda and other East African countries have formed a regional coalition of youth business organisations to encourage young people to start their own businesses....
I am a big fan of Museveni - Ruto
Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has described President Yoweri Museveni as a great inspiration to young leaders of the region....
Law to control firearms in offing
The government is drafting a Bill to control possession of firearms held by security agencies and civilians....
Should Makerere University fees policy be reviewed?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter