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Anti-riot Police troops sent to Sembabule, Museveni to visit

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th December 2008 03:00 AM

THE anti-riot Police have been deployed in Sembabule district to keep law and order during the Woman parliamentary by-election slated for January 7.

THE anti-riot Police have been deployed in Sembabule district to keep law and order during the Woman parliamentary by-election slated for January 7.

By Dismus Buregyeya

THE anti-riot Police have been deployed in Sembabule district to keep law and order during the Woman parliamentary by-election slated for January 7.

The Electoral Commission returning officer, Latif Ngonzi, said: “We want to prevent chaos during the elections.”

The Police are also investigating the clash between the campaign team of Joy Kabatsi (Independent) and Electoral Commission officials in Lwemiyaga last week. During the incident, Ngonzi’s armed guards and those of the district chairperson, Herman Ssentongo, nearly exchanged fire.

Southern Regional Police Commander Andrew Sorowen said Ngonzi had filed a statement regarding the matter at Sembabule Police Station.

“It was clearly spelt out during the consultative meeting that candidates shall not campaign in the same territory. However, Kabatsi’s campaigners went to Lwemiyaga where her opponent Anifa Kawooya was scheduled to campaign,” Ngonzi said.

He criticised Kabatsi and her campaign agent, Isha Ntumwa, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo and the district chairperson, Herman Ssentongo, for violating the campaign guidelines.
Ngonzi said Kabatsi was supposed to be in Mijwala sub-county, not Lwemiyaga.

The Democratic Party candidate, Irene Nantongo, has changed her campaign style by visiting homes instead of the rallies. She said the house -to-house method is more effective.

Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni will visit Sembabule for two days to campaign for the National Resistance Movement party flag-bearer, Kawooya.
The by-elections national party campaign coordinator, Sam Kutesa, said Museveni is scheduled to visit Rwebitakuli today, at 11:00am. He will also go to Ntete village before holding the main rally at St. Peters Primary School, Mateete.

Kutesa said Museveni will tomorrow hold rallies in Ntuusi, Lwemiyaga constituency, which is represented by MP, Theodore Ssekikubo who is backing Kabatsi.

The Supreme Court nullified Kawooya’s election on grounds that the Electoral Commission did not conduct the polls in accordance with the laws.

The NRM party in Sembabule has recommended for the suspension of Ssekikubo, who is also the party chairman for Lwemiyaga County, citing misconduct.

Kutesa, who is the district NRM chairperson, says Ssekikubo should be summoned before the party disciplinary committee. The NRM party is accusing him of decampaigning a party candidate for his selfish interests.

Anti-riot Police troops sent to Sembabule, Museveni to visit

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