NTUNGAMO- Police and the army have on Friday morning been engaged in running battles fighting with supporters of the Former Ntungamo woman MP Ms Naome Kabasharira protesting the actions of the NRM electoral commission to revert an earlier declaration of the vote that declared Kabasharira as the winner for Rushenyi county NRM elections.
Protesters blocked the Ntungamo – Kabale road at Rwahi Township in Rwentobo Rwahi town council stopping traffic from moving either way.
Protesters chanted anti- Tanga Odoi (NRM electoral commission chairman) messages saying they are tired of the NRM commission announcing Rukutana despite voting differently for the past three terms.
Mr Damian Twakire Nsonore, a resident of Kyoruhega Kayonza Sub County who was part of the protests said he was disappointed to hear Dr Tanga Odoi announcing that Mr Rukutana was leading yet the Ntungamo electoral commission had earlier declared Ms Kabasharira whom he claims won out rightly.
In 2010 and 2015 elections, Mr Rukutana was also declared by the central NRM electoral commission following a disputed NRM primaries when he stood against city lawyer Mr Justus Karuhanga.
Ms Hadija Orishaba said the residents will protest until the rightful winner of the vote, Ms Naome Kabasharira is declared.
Police fired live ammunition and tear gas as the army used sticks to beat up and disperse people who had gathered to protest in what is called the Onion city of Rwahi in Ntungamo district. There were over 300 vehicles parked from each side including trailers and buses.
Protesters used boulders, hard core stones, common garbage sticks and burnt tires in the middle of the road to block traffic at Rwahi on Friday. There have been similar protests in Rwentobo, Rubaare and Kyempene since Wednesday.
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