Trouble started after the supporters of Ayub Kisubi and his rival, Zabura Mugara started accusing each other of ferrying nonvoters from other districts to illegally participate in the primaries.
NRM voters at Katawo polling station
grounded to a halt in Bugiri municipality during the National Resistance
Movement-NRM party mayoral primaries on Monday afternoon because of running
battles between police and rowdy voters.
after the supporters of Ayub Kisubi and his rival, Zabura Mugara started
accusing each other of ferrying nonvoters from other districts to illegally participate
in the primaries.
voters who had gathered at Kawoto polling station started fighting prompting a
police constable identified as Ojara to open fire injuring two female onlookers
in the process.
gunshot victims have been identified as Mariam Naigaga and Florence Nakidodo. The two were rushed to Bugiri general hospital
for further management.
Nakagolo, an eye witness says Ojara tried to warn the youths against sabotaging
the elections in vain “We got worried because despite the fact that the
constable warned the youths against insulting him, they went ahead to attack
him yet he was carrying a gun” she said.
Sebuyungo, the Bugiri District Police Commander says that he has dispatched
detectives to investigate circumstances, which led to the shooting. He explains that all police officers were
briefed during the morning parade and cautioned against using live bullets to
disperse rowdy voters.
already detained the constable who was involved in the shooting as we
investigate this matter extensively because prior to their deployment, all of
them were discouraged from using live bullets to contain chaotic situations,”
During the September
4th, 2020 chaotic NRM primary elections, a UPDF soldier identified
as Moses Keben shot dead Florence Muganda while dispersing rowdy voters along
Obama road. Keben was arrested and
detained at Magamaga military barracks pending prosecution.