FDC Agents Abandon Polling Stations Amidst Bribery Allegations

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David Kamugisha, the Luweero District NRM Registrar, says they didnt have any interest in bribing FDC agents, adding that the agents could have abandoned their assignment over lack of facilitation.

Eight polling agents of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party have failed to show up at their respective polling stations in Luweero town raising concern among party members.  The missing agents are Paul Kikonyogo, Anent Namukasa, Monica Kuteesa, Vincent Nsubuga, Margaret Kyaterekera, Phiona Nakamatte and Maureen Namale.

The eight polling agents were meant to operate at Islamic Primary School L-M, NAN-Z, NAM-Z and A-K polling stations in Luweero town council. Geoffrey Kaddu, the Luweero District FDC Publicity Secretary, says despite receiving facilitation last evening, the agents were no show at their respective polling stations.

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Kaddu says they have stepped vigilance at polling center for fear that some of their agents could have been compromised to give up or aid vote rigging. Julius Balikoowa, one of the FDC supporters, says he decided to step in and safeguard their voters because of the disappearance of the agents.

URN couldn't reach the accused agents to hear their side of the story since their known phone lines are switched off. David Kamugisha, the Luweero District NRM Registrar, says they didn't have any interest in bribing FDC agents, adding that the agents could have abandoned their assignment over lack of facilitation.

He accuses FDC of using bribery to justify its failure to deploy agents at polling stations. At other polling stations, five presidential candidates including Elton Joseph Mabirizi, Maureen Kyalya, Abed Bwanika, Benon Biraaro and Prof. Venansius Baryamureba have failed to deploy their agents.

Charles Tukamushaba, the acting Luweero District FDC chairperson, says they have tasked their agents to oversee the votes of all opposition candidates and ensure there is transparency at tallying. Samuel Mwanje, a supporter of Prof. Venansius Baryamureba is worried that the votes of his candidate could be switched due to the absence of agents to witness the exercise. 

Prof. Venansius Baryamureba declined to comment on the matter, when contacted by URN.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.