FDC Defense Secretary Held Over Electoral Violence

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Asuman Mugenyi, the Director of Police Operations, told journalists at Kagoma county headquarters last evening that Amin is wanted for masterminding violence in the just concluded Kamuli municipality MP by elections.

Sadiq Amin, the National Defense Secretary of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party and seven others are in trouble for alleged electoral violence in the Kagoma parliamentary by-elections.

 
The eight were picked up last evening from Buwenge town council ahead of the Kagoma County parliamentary by elections later today. Asuman Mugenyi, the Director of Police Operations, told journalists at Kagoma county headquarters last evening that Amin is wanted for masterminding violence in the just concluded Kamuli municipality MP by elections.
 
 
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He explains that Amin's arrest was prompted by intelligence showing that he was planning to stir violence to disrupt today's polls. Four candidates are battling out in the Kagoma parliamentary polls.

 
They include FDC's Timothy Batuwa Lusala, Moses Walyomu Muwanika, Bidondole Mohammed Bismark and Alex Kintu Brandon, both independents.

 
The seat fell vacant in March after three Court of Appeal judges nullified the election of Moses Walyomu over voter bribery. According to Mugenyi, they have deployed sufficiently to ensure smooth polls.

 
He also disclosed that police is working closely with the complaints desk established by the Electoral Commission to handle cases of electoral malpractices as they come in.

 

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