Masters of violence: blood, fistfights, guns & death in NRM primaries


President Museveni was indeed right when he said the ruling NRM party is the “master of violence”.

This assertion was proved right in the Friday NRM primaries.

A fight ensued between contestants in Kagoma constituency at the NRM Jinja District tally centre.

Hon. Walyomu Moses (incumbent) and Fredrick Muniirwa exchanged blows citing election malpractice.

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The two candidates first fought in Butagaya during day but the second fight at the District tally centre was worse as Muniirwa was left bleeding while Walyomu’s shirt was torn.

Chaos broke out at Sheema District headquarters at around 6.30pm when Prof Elijah Mushemeza tried accessing of the venue with a form containing results compiled by his agents.

He was competing for Sheema South with Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Yorokamu Katwiremu and Nicholas Banduho.

Some people said to be supporters of Nickson Tugume Banduho protested against Prof Elaija Mushemeza accessing the venue with a form containing results compiled by his agents.

Alex Mabonga, a resident of Butts Village, Bufumbula parish in Nabbongo sub county, Bulambuli was hospitalised at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

He was reportedly shot at on both legs by security guards of one of the candidates.

Lydia Wanyoto’s driver was arrested for tearing declaration forms of Ms Connie Galiwango (incumbent) Mbale District Woman MP.

They were competing for the Mbale City Woman MP seat.

One person was confirmed dead, while two others have sustained injuries after violence erupted between supporters of the incumbent LC5 chairperson, Walter Elakas Okiring, and the incumbent Toroma MP Andrew Joseph Kolou, in Apule village.

The person who was killed has been identified as Teddy Akiror, a resident of Kapujan village, Kapujan sub county.

Those injured are Charles Etyang who reportedly sustained a bullet wound in his lower abdomen, while Lucy Apenyo who had her shoulder shattered.

Dr Charles Obore, who attended to the injured victims at Katakwi general hospital, told Daily Monitor that Apenyo has been transferred to Soroti regional referral hospital to have her shoulder amputated.

The police spokesperson for East Kyoga, David Ongom Mudong, said the incident occurred at Kapujan parish, Kapujan sub county, Toroma county in Katakwi District.

He said in the process of the UPDF and police trying to contain the violence between Okiring and Kolou, stray bullets injured two people and killed Akiror.

Mudong said all the suspects in the alleged shooting have been arrested and detained at Central Police Station, Katakwi.

Both camps of Shartsi Kuteesa Musherure and Sodo Kaguta accused each other of perpetrating violence and intimidation which rocked Mawogola North in Sembabule district.



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