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FDC decries heavy deployment in Hoima by-election

By Paul Kiwuuwa

Added 24th September 2019 07:28 AM

With only two days to the polling day in the Hoima Parliamentary by-election, the Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda who is also the party Spokesperson says they were concerned with the heavy deployment of the military personnel that are walking in columns making Hoima municipality look like a battlefield.

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Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson, addressing journalists during the weekly press conference at party headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday .(Photo by Sylvia Katushabe)

With only two days to the polling day in the Hoima Parliamentary by-election, the Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda who is also the party Spokesperson says they were concerned with the heavy deployment of the military personnel that are walking in columns making Hoima municipality look like a battlefield.

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HOIMA-The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has criticised the government for the heavy deployment of security personnel in Hoima municipality describing it as intimidation to them in the Hoima Woman Parliamentary by-election.

With only two days to the polling day in the Hoima Parliamentary by-election, the Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda who is also the party Spokesperson says they were concerned with the heavy deployment of the military personnel that are walking in columns making Hoima municipality look like a battlefield.

In a weekly briefing held at FDC headquarters at Najjanankumbi on Monday, Ssemuju said: “We think the intention is to intimidate especially people in rural parts of the district. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is using the security personnel especially military and the Electrol Commission (EC) to interfere with the voting process,” the Kira Municipality MP said.

Ssemujju also said that they were shocked to receive reports from their campaigning managers that the EC, the body responsible for organizing and conducting the elections in the country as fairly as possible has also opted to change the location of the polling stations from Hoima municipality to unknown destinations.

 brahim semujju ganda orum for emocratic hange  spokesperson interacting with party members after the weekly press conference at party headquarters in ajjanankumbi on onday hoto by ylvia atushabe Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson interacting with party members after the weekly press conference at party headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday. (Photo by Sylvia Katushabe)

 

He said that they were going to officially complain to the EC about this crucial matter.  Former Opposition Deputy Chief Whip who is also Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume Kaginda will present their concern to the EC. 

In response to the EC Spokesperson,  Jotham Taremwa challenged Ssemujju to name the particular places where the polling stations have been shifted. “These are baseless allegations; I challenge FDC to disclose the places where the polling stations have been shifted to,” Talemwa said.

 Talemwa said, “The heavy security deployment is aimed at providing sufficient protection to the candidates, their supporters and other members of the public and not to disrupt the campaign rallies.”

“If FDC are law-abiding citizens and not planning to cause chaos why do they fear the deployment of security personnel? Hoima is not the only place the EC has carried out by-elections, why is FDC concerned about that?” asked Talemwa.

NRM flag-bearer Harriet Businge Mugenyi is facing FDC’s Asinansi Nyakato, the joint opposition candidate for the Hoima  Woman  MP.

The electoral commission has set September 26 as the polling day for the by-election.

Hoima District Woman MP seat fell vacant after the Hoima District Woman MP, Tophace Kaahwa Byagira opted to represent the newly created Kikuube district.

President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the NRM party National Chairman is expected to camp in Hoima district for two days starting  Monday to drum up last-minute support for the NRM party candidate, Harriet Mugenyi Businge.

Meanwhile, Ernest Kiiza, the Bunyoro Affairs State Minister in an interview with New Vision in said  Museveni will address two separate rallies on Monday.

He said the first stopover on the same day will be in Mbarara village in Kitoba sub-county, Bugahya county and later at Kigorobya Muslim Primary School in Kigorobya County.

Kiiza added on Tuesday President Museveni will conclude his campaign tour by addressing two campaign rallies, the first one at Kabaale Public Primary School in Kabaale sub-county and Hoima Booma respectively.

Meanwhile, the opposition big wigs will also travel to Hoima to canvass last-minute support for Nyakato. the Kyadondo East MP and leader of the people power movement Robert Kyagulanyi former FDC party President, Kizza Besigye and other opposition MPs will hold parallel rallies in to drum up support for  Nyakato.

 

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