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POLITICAL DISCRIMINATION: Voters in Kizinda Town council accuse polling officials of favouritism

BUSHENYI- Voters in Kizinda Town council in Bushenyi district have accused their registrars of siding with some political aspirants to kick out others.

This was evident in Kizinda ward in cells of Katookye, Rwakaringura, Kitooma, Kataaba and some others in Wednesday’s poll.

This has prompted the district registrar Barekye Achangel to intervene and halt the earlier declaration of Karooli Lwamuganga as the NRM Flag bearer for Kizinda-Kigoma Town council waiting for the decision of NRM tribunal.

Residents of Katookye in Kizinda ward accused their registrar Kengyeso Viriginia of siding with the mayor candidate Karooli Lwamuganga and hindered some supporters of his opponent Adam Semugabe from participating in the vote.

Mwiine Charles, without mentioning any name of a candidate a resident of Katookye said Kengyeso was also pulling people from candidates’ lines to another one.

Another one called Kembabazi mercy; a resident of Kitooma also in Kizinda ward accused the NRM Chairperson Gregory Fagarya of siding with Lwamuganga to give him favor to defeat other candidates.

“It’s unfortunate the registrar also counted herself in line of one of the aspirants and was also celebrating after declaring him a winner”, she said.

Earlier declaration had indicated that Karooli Lwamuganga won against his close rival Adam Semugabe with a margin of 47 votes.

The poll was also full of ferrying voters from one polling station to another, bribing voters, under age voting and, according to some of the political aspirants including Councilor LC3 aspirants.

Some aspirants also indicated that the number of votes were very many compared to expected voters and comparing with those who had participated in the earlier NRM Primary elections.

Talking to Adam Semugabe, one of the candidates said the vote was not free and fair and said more than 800 were ferried from other areas to participate in the mayoral race for Kizinda-Kigoma Town council.

On the polling day, our reporters tried to talk to Kengyeso Viriginiya who is accused of siding with aspirants to alter the results, she said she has no time to explain such to journalists. The race had attracted 4 contestants who included Karooli Lwamuganga, Adam Semugabe, Muhangi Keijuka and Jussy Rusimbana.


Felix Twinomugisha
Since Felix Twinomugisha joined the Informer Ug in 2020, he is still amazed how, "the company gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills. It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, and photography and television production." A practicing journalist since 2016, first with Greater African Radio in Mbarara later to Freedom Radio in Kabale and Currently at Crane Radio Ishaka Bushenyi. He is the Chief Beaural for the Informer Ug for Greater Bushenyi Including Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju, Sheema, Rubirizi.


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