Hajji Abdul Nadduli, the Luwero district LC5 Chairperson has been injured after being stoned in what appears to be an escalation of violence in the Bukoto South parliamentary by-elections.
Hajji Abdul Nadduli, the Luwero district LC5 Chairperson has been stoned in what appears to be an escalation of violence in the Bukoto South parliamentary by-elections.
Nadduli’s car window was also shattered. The incident happened at around midday at Kiwanaga trading center A polling station in Kisekka Sub County when he turned up to work as a polling agent for John Alintuma Nsambu, the ruling NRM party candidate in the polls.
Shortly after Nadduli arrived at the station, a group of youth believed to be Democratic Party (DP) supporters blocked him from accessing the voting area accusing him of announcing recently that Buganda Kingdom would be abolished if Nsambu is defeated. DP secretary general Mathias Nsubuga is also a candidate in the by-election.
John Mulyoowa, a witness to the incident claims that the DP supporters then ordered Nadduli to vacate the polling station immediately. But Nadduli reportedly refused to leave on grounds that he had been appointed to protect Nsambu’s votes.
This angered DP youths, who according to Mulyoowa overpowered him and forced him back into his car. Mulyoowa says the angry mob started pelting stones at Nadduli’s car from all directions. He says his double- cabin pickup car window screens were shattered until anti riot police commanded by Simon Peter Wafana, the Southern Region commander rescued him.
Wafana says Nadduli has been rescued and taken to unknown location. He also says police has restored calm in Kiwangala following the incident.
No one has been arrested in connection to the incident.
Nadduli has not commented on the incident and it is not clear where he is at now. He declined to pick his phone when contacted.
Commenting on the incident, Alintuma Nsambu accused DP of hooliganism.
He said that DP and Buganda will be ashamed later this evening when Electoral Commission declares him winner of Bukoto South by-elections.
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Four candidates are in the race to take over the seat left by Muhammed Muyanja Mbabaali, who was thrown out of parliament for lack of minimum academic qualifications. The candidates are Nsambu, Nsubuga, Dan Katula Mubiru, an Independent candidate and Julius Ssentamu of the Forum for Democratic Change.
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