Bugiri. The personal security of the incoming Woman MP for Bugiri District, Ms Agnes Taaka Wejuli, has been beefed up with 10 soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) amid allegations of threats to her life.
The officer in charge of Bugiri Central Police Station, Mr Godfrey Musimami, said the soldiers had been called in to back up the police and guard the MP-elect’s home since Friday evening.
“They (soldiers) will continue being deployed at her home for as long as they continue intimidating her,” he said.
Ms Wejuli was on Friday declared winner for the seat by Bugiri District returning officer, Ms Christine Pheona Kunihira.
According to the declared results, Ms Wejuli polled 41,656 votes, closely followed by the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Eunice Namatende with 39,837 votes.
Independent candidate Hadija Babi came third with 18,190 votes, while Ms Rosette Nsonga came last with 904 votes.
Supporters of the Opposition FDC, however, dismissed the results, accusing officials of the ruling NRM of having connived with the Electoral Commission (EC) to steal their candidate’s victory.
On Friday, shortly after she was declared winner, a group of people suspected to be FDC supporters attacked her and smashed the windscreen of her personal car before attacking her home in Muyenga Zone in Bugiri Town Council.
They pelted stones at the building.
The group engaged the police in a series of running battles in town before it was finally dispersed.
A 17-year-old Senior Four Student of Alliance Senior Secondary School in Bugiri, Mr Stephen Ssekayu, was shot and injured during the skirmishes.
Meanwhile, Ms Wejuli has in her maiden interview, identified uniting the people of the district as the biggest challenge facing the newly elected political leaders.
“The elections have left our people very divided and the biggest challenge as leaders is to ensure that they come together for the development of our district,” she said during an interview on Monday.
She also promised to work towards creating jobs for a majority of the unemployed youths in the district.
To remain tight
The officer in charge of Bugiri Central Police Station, Mr Godfrey Musimami, told Daily Monitor on Monday that Ms Wejuli will remain under guard for as long as she deems it necessary.