Elobat, 58 was allegedly beaten during clashes between the supporters of Violet Akurut Adome, the former Woman MP of Katakwi District and Jessica Alupo. The clashes were sparked off by a decision by the NRM tribunal to nullify Alupo's election as the party candidate for the District Woman MP seat, handing the flag to Akuru.
Mukula, in the company of Gweri County NRM flag bearer, Richard Elimu ferried over 700 former militias to Timisha Hotel in Soroti City where he promised to convince President Museveni to have Arrow Boys recognized with medals in June.
Posters and banners belonging to contestants such as Presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi of FDC, Robert Mugabi of Alliance for National Transformation - ANT and Lyandro Komakech of Democratic Party – DP, Caesar Rubangakene of National Unity Platform – NUP were defaced and confiscated.
At least five people were injured and admitted to Katakwi General Hospital following the violence that ensued between supporters of the incumbent Woman MP, Violet Akurut Adome and former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo.
Immediately after the NRM party Electoral Commission called for elections in Okore Sub County, on local radio stations in Teso, supporters of Alupo and Akurut turned violent leading to the arrest of 18 people who are detained at Katakwi Police Station.
“I am surprised to hear that I got 110 votes in my polling station. To be honest, in this house, I got only ten votes and the winner there had 101 votes. How come that I was added 100 votes and the winner more than 500 votes? Something is fishy in this election and the officials know what they did at the polling stations”, one of the candidates said.
Hajji Ramathan Walugembe, the Resident District Commissioner of Bukedea says he doesn’t want a repeat of last week’s primaries when supporters of candidates overpowered the police deployed at the tally center.
According to Okabe, the election was a total sham as it was conducted without consideration of democratic principles of the party. He claims that the NRM voters in the constituency were inflated with ghost voters.
Akiror also faults the district NRM chairperson for allegedly siding with her rivals to ferry nonmembers to vote for them. She says that the District Chairperson ignored the guidelines issued by their National Party Chairperson on the elections where voters from seven polling stations in her strongholds were blocked from voting.
Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Sheema South is accusing Prof. Mushemeza of intimidating his agents and forcing them to leave the polling stations before voting was ended. He now wants results from seven polling stations delayed until his petition is disposed of.
The most hit were in Kumi district where all the NRM flag bearers in the last election have lost to new faces. They include Kumi Woman MP, Monica Amoding who lost to Christine Apolot, the current District Chairperson.
Mislam Eburu, the Sub County Supervisor of Kyere Sub County says he couldn’t risk allowing voting when voters failed to cooperate with the officials at the polling station. He explains that some people turned violent when officials asked them to wear masks and keep a distance from each other.
In Nyakoi Village in Kachumbala Sub County, more than three quarters of the registered voters failed to turn to vote this morning. Some of the voters at the polling station said they fear for the aftermath of the elections since lining up exposes one’s choice.
The move stems from Saturday’s violence where supporters of former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo Epel were attacked by supporters of her rival, Akurut. Three people were later hospitalized in Katakwi General Hospital after sustaining injuries.
Otekat is among the three persons from Teso Sub Region who have expressed interest to represent the elderly from Eastern Uganda in Parliament. The others are a retired accountant from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, George Olupot Ewalu and Florence Among, the Vice-Chairperson National Network for Older Persons Organizations of Uganda (NNOPU).