Kabale Deputy RDC Accused of Assaulting Candidate


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Denis Nzeirwe, the Deputy Kabale RDC denies the allegations against him saying he had nothing to do with the voting materials.

Denis Nzeirwe, the Deputy Kabale Resident District Commissioner is on the spot for allegedly assaulting a candidate in the NRM primary elections on Monday.
Nzeirwe is accused of assaulting Nelson Nshanga Bashaija, a contestant for the Katuna Town Council LC 3 chairperson's NRM party ticket and his agents at Kyonyo polling station.
Bashaija is currently on medication at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. Kenneth Nebye, an agent to Bashaija says that trouble started when the RDC stormed the polling station in the company of Monica Nzeirwe, a Community Development Officer and attempted to stuff the ballot box drawing protests from the polling agents.
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An eye witness Collins Tumwekwase says Ahmed Hasunira, the Officer in Charge of Katuna Police Station looked on helplessly as the RDC was stirring chaos since he was alone.

The RDC, whose sibling Elvis Nzeirwe is vying for the same seat, reportedly moved around various polling stations intimidating election officials as well as those opposed to his brother's candidature.

Denis Nzeirwe, the Deputy Kabale RDC denies the allegations against him saying he had nothing to do with the voting materials.
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Maurice Kaitaba, the Kabale District NRM Party registrar says his office has received information on the conduct of the RDC saying they will address the concerns. According to Kaitaba, his office will make consultations before deciding on what to do.
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner says he has teamed up with Police to investigate what transpired. Ben Mubangizi, the Kigezi Regional Police Commander told URN on Monday evening that they had commenced investigations into the incident.


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