According to our reporter, the voters decided to storm the police station after Bugiri District NRM party registrar to declare a winner between the incumbent, Agnes Taka Wejuli and Hadija Babi.
RESIDENTS EXCHANGING BITTER WORDS WITH THE UPDF SOLDIERS AT THE TALLYING CENTER, PHOTO BY ASUMAN MUSOBYA
A woman has
been shot dead during a procession by voters protesting the delayed release of
results from the NRM primaries for Bugiri Woman member of parliament.
Muganda was hit by a stray bullet while selling pancakes by the roadside when a
combined security of the army and police opened fire to disperse a group of
voters who were matching to Bugiri
Central Police Station to demand the declaration of the results.
breathed her last while being rushed to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for
our reporter, the voters decided to storm the police station after Bugiri
District NRM party registrar to declare a winner between the incumbent, Agnes Taka
Wejuli and Hadija Babi.
Trouble is said to have started at tally centre after Babi accused presiding officers of
pocketing bribes from her rival to doctor the results in her favour. Babi, who
was shouting at the top of her voice tore declaration of results forms, which
were being prepared by the NRM registrars forcing police to take over the tally centre and transfer all electoral materials to Bugiri police station in
preparation for the declaration of the winner.
According to Babi, there was massive rigging of votes in Buluguyi,
Kapyanga sub-counties and Namayemba town council. "I cannot accept this
election because the figures on some of the declaration forms were altered,"
Bugiri District Police Commander, Jeff Sebuyungo, says they decided
to use teargas to disperse the voters because they were targeting some
candidates. He says the residents started pelting security officers at the district
headquarters with stones, prompting one of the soldiers to open fire.
want to call upon the people of Bugiri to remain calm because it was not our
intention to shoot this woman but the locals were throwing stones towards
security officers and we were forced to disperse them," he said.
The deceased’s body is lying at Bugiri General
Hospital mortuary pending a postmortem.