Anti-riot police deployed in Kiryandongo as Tycoon MP Otada loses NRM polls

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Security in Kiryandongo district, has been stepped up following the release of the controversy ridden NRM elections results. Kyomya Patrick, the district's NRM returning officer, announced the results from neigbouring Masindi district, a day after he disappered from Kiryandongo. At 9:00 pm, Kyomya sent pre-recorded statements to the Masindi-based Bunyoro Braodcasting Services FM, stating the outcome of the election. As the results were being announced on Radio, Balikwa Basome, the NRM party chairman for Kiryandongo, was meeting journalists in saying Kyomya is a wanted man. //Cue in: "Since morning........" Cue out: " be announced.''// Musa Okungo,the Masindi District Police Commander, says Kyomya tallied the results from Masindi police station after he requested for security outside Kiryandongo. Okungo says Kyomya's life had been made difficult by both camps. The results show that the incumbent Kibanda MP Sam Otada, lost the poll. He polled 10,971 votes, against his rival George Maiteki' s 12,421 votes. Maiteki works with state house. In the other results, the Kiryandongo LC3 chairman John Kaija, beat the interim Kiryandongo LCV chairman Ben Moru, for the district chair. Reports suggest that most people with names beginning with letter "O" found their names missing from the registers and were not allowed to vote. The defeated candidates could not be reached as their phones are switched off, but the NRM chairman there says the elections have been rigged, and results swapped. Basome says he is now painfully struggling to convince people not to return NRM party membership cards. Supporters of the losing candidates from Mutunda, Karuma, Masindi-port areas and other places are reportedly mobilizing to return the cards, vowing to cross to the opposition. Heavily armed anti-riot police has sealed off the NRM offices in Kigumba and are patrolling the roads between Kafu and Karuma bridges.


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