Intimidation, Arrests Mar Sembabule District Youth Council Elections

The position of the district youth chairperson attracted2 contestants and actual voting delayed for hours to starts as some of the voters were held by police over unknown reasons.

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Intimidation and arrests have today marred youth council elections in Sembabule district ,leaving NRM supporters divided.

A section of NRM supporters accused one of the contestants Lameck Masiko who contested on the National Resistance Movement ticket of conniving with the security to arrest some of the voters which caused delays in the of polling process.

The position of the district youth chairperson attracted 2 contestants and actual voting delayed for hours to start as some of the voters were held by police over unknown reasons.

About 15 people said to be supporters of Bill Clinton Nasasira were arrested by police over unknown reasons, and Nasasira and his group refused to vote until their collegues were released.

It took the intervention of the district returning officer, Babra Busingye to ask security authorities in the district to release the voters so that election could start  at mid day.

Independent Bill Clinton Nasasira emerged the winner with 36 votes beating NRM's Lameck Masiko who scored registered only 8 votes.

Nasasira who was the Mitima sub-county Youth chairperson, says that though he contested as an independent he is an NRM supporter. He said he was sidelined by the NRM district leaders who denied him to stand on the party ticket.


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Others that won include Vice Chairperson Ntuma Ramathan, Steven Kamya as Publicity secretary, Lydia Naggawa as Secretary Female Affairs Youths, Lillian Atuhairwe as Secretary student’s Affairs (NRM), Jude Masiko as Secretary Labor Affairs independent, Secretary Finance Muyingo Umar Kato and Musinguzi Joshou  for Sports and Culture. 

After the elections, Busingye announced the winners amid tight security at the district headquarters.

The southern regional police spokesperson Muhamad Nsubuga says that they had received information that some youths were going to distract the polls which forced them to arrest the ring leaders.

However, National Unity Platform - NUP district mobilizer Ibrahim Mpuga says that they managed to secure 15 votes from the 3 positions they fronted candidates saying that they are happy that the party has started gaining popularity in Sembabule.


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