Heavy Deployment as Kasenda Sub County Votes

2019 Views Fort Portal, Uganda

In short
The National Resistance Movement NRM party candidate was disqualified on grounds of impersonation following a petition by his main challenger Milton Katwesigye arguing that his opponents real name is Deus Turyatunga and not Deus John Katuramu.

Police has deployed heavily in Kasenda Sub County, Kabarole district as elections of the LCIII Chairperson kick off. 

Initial polls were called off by the Electoral Commission (EC) in March, following a case filed by the incumbent LCIII chairperson Deus John Katuramu at Fort Portal High Court challenging his disqualification from the race.

Katuramu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate was disqualified on grounds of impersonation following a petition by his main challenger Milton Katwesigye arguing that his opponent's real name is Deus Turyatunga and not Deus John Katuramu.

In April, Fort Portal Resident Judge David Batema upheld a decision to disqualify Katuramu paving way for polls to be held today.

By 7:30am, residents had started flocking the 19 polling stations in the Sub County to cast their votes amid heavy deployment. At some of the polling stations which include Kasenda Primary School, Kasenda central, Kabira and Iruhura A, there were more than 5 police officers deployed. 

Kabarole District Police Commander Musa Tibakairana says that the deployment is to enable residents cast their votes peacefully following reports that Katuramu's supporters were planning to disrupt the exercise.

Two independent candidates Milton Katwesigye and Robert Kamkyimbiri are contesting for the seat.