Campaign Violence: Three Houses Burnt in Bukoto South

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Three Houses have been set ablaze in Kiwangala village Kisekka sub county in Bukoto south in what is suspected to be campaign violence.

Three houses in Bukoto south constituency have been set ablaze, two days to the area MP by-elections. Two of the houses are found in Kiwangala village and another in Ngereko village, all in Kisekka Sub County. They belong to Edward Golooba, Nalongo Mary Mbabaali both residents of Kiwangala village and Maria Namayanja of Ngereko village.The three houses are suspected to have been burnt in connection to the Thursday Bukoto South MP by-election.

Mary Mbabali, one of the victims of fire attack says that she was attending John Alintuma Nsambu’s campaign rally on Monday, when she received a call from her neighbor informing her that her house was on fire. Edward Golooba, another fire victim also says that he was campaigning for Nsambu in Keregero on Sunday but when he returned home he found his house gutted by fire. Golooba says that everything in his house was reduced to ash including his voting card. He blames Nsambu’s rivals for burning his house.

Golooba claims that prior to the incident, he received many threats from unknown people to stop campaigning for Nsambu, who is regarded as a disgrace to Buganda Kingdom. Abdul Matovu, the Kisekka LC III chairperson concurs with Golooba. He accuses the 600 DP vigilantes deployed in Bukoto south to protect Mathias Nsubuga’s votes of causing mayhem in his area. Matovu, who double as the campaign strategist for Nsambu, alleges that the same DP vigilantes have also assaulted several supporters of Nsambu in Kisekka Sub County.

He claims that Mary Namayanja, whose house was burnt on Sunday night, had reported to him about the threats on her life. Matovu says that in response to the attacks they have also deployed their own vigilantes to counter the DP group since police has failed to arrest the suspects. But MP Florence Namayanja, the chief campaign strategist for Nsubuga denies the involvement of DP supporters in torching the three houses.

She explains that their supporters are very peaceful and have only been deployed in various parts of the constituency to detect ballot stuffing, multiple voting and voter intimidation. Jonathan Baroza, the Lwengo district Police Commander says no suspect has been arrested in connection to the fire. He says that investigations into the arson attack are ongoing.
The two other candidates in the Bukoto South by elections are Julius Ssentamu of FDC and an independent Dan Katula Mubiru. The official campaigns close today. The Bukoto South seat fell vacant after the court of appeal threw out Muhammad Mbabaali Muyanja over lack of the requisite minimum academic qualifications.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.