A Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF soldier identified as Captain Godfrey Kalamuzi had obtained permission to open boundaries in two villages of Kyakago and Kasese located in Kibanda sub-county, Rakai district, where he claims ownership on a piece of land measuring 254 hectares. However, at least 1,000 residents living in 240 homes who are settled on the same land have resisted the opening of the boundaries arguing that it could be a plot to have them evicted.
Rakai District Probation and Welfare Officer Joseph Ssendagi says that many of the acts like child labour, excessive physical punishment, and defilement, among others, were mainly perpetrated by family members such as parents and relatives and members of the community. He further attributes the abuses to parental negligence
In his January 21, 2021 petition addressed to the Electoral Commission chairperson through the District Registrar, Bajjungu claims that ballot papers in two boxes from Kiteredde polling station in Kibanda sub-county and Kitogota polling station in Kiziba sub-county were not counted.
Enoch Ssenkaayi, the Presiding Officer and Maria Namuddu, the polling assistant at Lugalama Catholic polling station confirmed the incident, saying the pre-ticked ballots had not reached the boxes since the suspects were arrested in time.
The agent, only identified as Deus, was representing Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, an independent candidate in the Rakai Local Council chairperson's race. Ssekamwa is contesting for the same seat with Godfrey Bajjungu (NRM), Eliab Kigundu Sango (NUP), Elisa Nicholas Ssekitende (FDC), and independents Ali Balekye, Kasiiba John, and Robert Nyondo.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says they are still pursuing the suspects for their involvement in electoral malpractices. He says they have already summoned the presiding officers from the said polling stations to record statements.
Joshua Bwambale, the Kayonza Parish Supervisor in Ddwaniro sub-county, says the trainer had a big load, which he couldn’t handle proficiently. He says given the limited time, trainer chose to train one group, which he told to train others. He says the first group never had the skills to train fellow officials.
The group of 502 polling officials including presiding officers, polling assistants, Parish and sub-county supervisors attended a 2-day training on how to use the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS).
Mubiru, also the Chairperson of the District Security Committee explains that their assessments have established that some of the COVID-19 cases registered in their area were among people sneaking into Tanzania on non-business engagements, including those meeting their spouses across the border.
The controversy stems from the ongoing candidate’ identification process in which some members of FDC are seeking endorsement from the People Power pressure group, which is coordinated by DP leaders in the area.
The district is categorized among the high-risk areas due to its geographical location at the Uganda-Tanzania border. It has so far confined 192 COVID-19 suspects, 171 of who were discharged after testing negative to the virus.
Many of the roads in the area have become impassable following floods that devastated the area in recent months. They include, among others, the Lumbugu-Buyamba-Lwamaggwa road, which connects to Lyantonde district which was ruined by the floods from Lake Kijjanebarola.