The former Mukono North Member of Parliament, Rev. Peter
Bakaluba Mukasa has put to task the government to have the State Minister for
Water, Ronald Kibuule investigated and prosecuted for using the Special Forces Command (SFC) officers
to tarnish the image of the SFC as an institution, Uganda People’s
Defense Forces (UPDF) and the government.
Bakaluba says it is so unfortunate for a person of Kibuule’s
position at a status of a minister for over ten years to reach an extent of
directing his personal SFC guards to storm the Mukono district Electoral
Commission (EC) tally center and put the registrar Mark Muganzi Mayanja on gun
point, forcing him to declare false poll results in his favor.
In the concluded Thursday parliamentary elections, Kibuule,
the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer for Mukono North constituency
competed with National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Abdallah Kiwanuka Mulimamayuuni.
During and after the election process, Mulimamayuuni’s camp wrestled
with Kibuule’s supporters and the security operatives whom they were accusing
of taking part in different election malpractices.
At around 9:30pm on Friday, the alleged armed SFC officers took over the Mukono EC tally center and forced themselves inside, an act which
put everyone at the premises on tension.
They called Muganzi, the registrar to his office where they
allegedly put him on gun point, coercing him to announce the false results that
were putting Kibuule in the lead.
The Mukono Division Police Commander, Abubaker Musiho
however intervened ordering his team of policemen to arrest and disarm these
SFC officers. The arrest and disarming process however did not go on smoothly
as the SFC officers first disobeyed the police orders. After the reinforcement
by the region field police officers from Kampala, the arrest and disarming
process was finally conducted successfully.
Bakaluba says this
act set a very bad precedent, hence asking for a thorough
investigation and prosecution of all the culprits, Minister Kibuule inclusive.
in: “So we condemn…
out: … in highest terms.”//
In a phone interview, the UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo
Akiiki says the institution had already arrested the officers that involved themselves
in messing up the EC's work and also withdrawn those who were guarding Kibuule’s home.
According to Akiiki, these officers will have to face the
army court martial and answer the charges that will be preferred against them.
Mulimamayuuni, the Mukono North MP elect, says there very
many NUP supporters were abducted, tortured and that some are still
missing. He therefore wants the government to task Kibuule and his bodyguards
who were spotted involving in those illegal acts to present those people either
dead or alive.
Bakaluba is one of the contestants for Mukono district
chairmanship on the NUP ticket. He says they have fear that these same unlawful
acts by the army officers against the local people on orders of NRM candidates may resurface
in Wednesday's local government elections.
He asked the SFC and UPDF
commanders to give the country assurance of a free and fair election which will
not be interfered with by the security officers as happened last week in
in: “We are calling… Cue
out: … living in fear.”//