Isingiro Bans Night Consultative Meetings

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Herbert Muhangi, the Isingiro District Resident Commissioner says the ban follows several incidents involving supporters of aspirants who have either fallen off the trucks or been beaten up by rival groups.

The Isingiro district security team has banned all night consultative meetings by aspiring candidates.
The Resident District Commissioner, who also chairs the district security committee, Herbert Muhangi says the ban follows several incidents involving supporters of Member of Parliament and LC5 chairperson aspirants.

According to Muhangi, the security team was forced to intervene in the NRM party primaries after aspirants overrun the powers of the district registrar by refusing to abide by campaign guidelines.
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The move has been welcomed by aspirants, saying this will restore sanity in the primaries. Nathan Byanyima, the Bukanga county MP aspirant had petitioned the NRM electoral commission over army involvement in campaigns welcomed the ban saying this will bring sanity to the party.
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Isingiro District Police Commander, Moses Muzima says almost all the candidates taking part in NRM primaries have committed election related offences, some at night. 
Records at Isingiro central police station indicate that one person was killed by angry supporters of a rival, and 55 other election related offences have been committed in the month of September alone.
Muzima says one of the LC5 candidates, Silver Mwesigwa has reported 10 cases of assault and bodily injury inflicted on him and his supporters by supporters of his rival at violent rallies in Kaberebere, Kabuyanda and Kikagati sub-counties.
Both the national electoral laws as well as regulations issued by the NRM stipulate that campaigns should end by 5pm and no political activities should be conducted in public by aspirants at night.


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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.