Four Hoima FDC Members Arrested Over Unlawful Procession

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Zachariah Mbabazi, the Hoima District Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Officer, says the suspects face charges of conducting an unlawful procession. Other suspects include Ronald Kato, Dan Tumwesige and Emmanuel Tumwesige.

Ismail Kasule, the FDC national youth mobiliser and three others are in trouble for staging an unlawful procession in Hoima district. They were picked up on Saturday while leading a procession of about 50 others to the district tally center to dispute the results of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate.
 
 
The protest came minutes after the Hoima District Registrar; Douglas Matsiko announced the final presidential results.  In his tally, Matsiko indicated that Yoweri Museveni, the NRM presidential candidate garnered 108,824 votes representing 74.45percent, while Besigye got 34,570 votes representing 23.65percent.
 
 
However, Kasule argued that their own tally put Besigye at 40 percent of the total votes cast in the district. Kasule told URN that they were heading to the Commission to express their dissatisfaction.
 
 
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However, the protesters were intercepted by police along Main Street in Hoima town.  Kasule and three others dragged to Hoima Central Police station, where they were locked up.
 
 
 
Zachariah Mbabazi, the Hoima District Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Officer, says the suspects face charges of conducting an unlawful procession. Other suspects include Ronald Kato, Dan Tumwesige and Emmanuel Tumwesige.

 
By the time of filing this story, the Hoima District FDC leadership hadn't yet comment on the arrest.  However, earlier in the day Aziz Kalyegira, the Hoima District FDC General Secretary, said the results being announced by the district registrar were different from what they had at their tally center.

 
URN couldn't speak to Matsiko as he was busy at the time our reporter visited his office. The FDC party leadership has since rejected the final results of the presidential elections announced by the Commission.
 
On Saturday evening, General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC president issued a statement rejecting the presidential election results, claiming the polls were not free and fair.