Thursday March 10 2016

Busoga poll violence leaves 2 dead, 45 injured

 Mr Aeron Ngobi (R), who was injured in the election violence last

Mr Aeron Ngobi (R), who was injured in the election violence last Saturday, in company of his friends at his home in Buwenge Town Council. Photo by Denis Edema 

By Abubaker Kirunda

Jinja- Incidents of violence associated with the presidential and parliamentary elections of February 18, and the local council elections that followed, claimed two lives and left 45 injured in Busoga sub-region.

The two deaths occurred in two separate incidents in Iganga District on the eve of the presidential election.

The first incident was in Idudi Town Council during a clash between FDC and NRM supporters when a soldier believed to be an escort to Capt Moses Kalera, is said to have opened fire at the FDC supporters, killing Issa Kakaire and injuring Ms Hawa Namususwa and an unidentified juvenile who were later admitted to Iganga Hospital for treatment.

In the second incident in Nawankonge village in Nawanhyingi Sub-county, a 19- year- old man, identified as Rashid Kafifi, was stabbed to death by unidentified persons.

Iganga District police commander Nasibu Ndita told Daily Monitor on Monday that though the police had in both cases allowed the bodies to be buried, the Force is still investigating the incidents.

Prior to that, violence had broken out in Busowobi and Nawanhyingi villages in Kigulu South between supporters of the incumbent Kigulu South MP Milton Muwuma and his main rival, Mr Asuman Kyafu, leaving 14 people injured.

Bugiri incident
On February 19, 11 people were injured in Bugiri District as the police fought off a group of rowdy FDC supporters who took to the streets to protest the declaration of Ms Taaka Wejuli, who polled 41,656 votes against FDC candidate, Ms Eunice Namatende’s 39,837, as winner of the Bugiri District Woman MP seat.

Among the injured was a Senior Four student, Mr Stephen Ssekayu, who is still admitted to Bugiri Hospital.

On February 21, violence broke out on the streets of Jinja Town as FDC supporters protested the declaration of NRM’s Mr Nathan Igeme Nabeta as winner of the Jinja Municipality East MP seat. Six people were injured.
In another incident last Saturday night, violence broke out in Jinja Town as supporters of the NRM flag bearer for the Buwenge Town Council LC3 seat, Mr Hassan Isabirye, engaged those of the incumbent Mr Stephen Ngobi Mwesigye, who is contesting as an Independent candidate after losing the NRM primaries, leaving more than 10 people injured.

Three of the men identified as Mr Aeron Ngobi, 40, Mr Derick Kintu, 18, and Mr Paul Kibi, 33, were injured.

Jinja Deputy Resident District Commissioner Eric Sakwa blamed the incidences of violence on what he described as politics having become a high stakes game.