Kampala Politicians Barred from Luweero Ahead of By-elections

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Key among the regulations is the restriction of entry of non residents into Luwero. He adds that politicians from other parts of the country will not be allowed into the district at least two days to polling day. Elections are scheduled for May 22, 2014.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Turyagumanawe has issued tough regulations as he takes full charge of security in Luweero ahead of a hotly contested by-election.

Key among the regulations is the restriction of entry of non residents into Luwero. He adds that politicians from other parts of the country will not be allowed into the district at least two days to polling day. Elections are scheduled for May 22, 2014.

Turyagumanawe was entrusted with the task after the dismissal of two senior police officers for failure to regulate traffic on nomination day, leading to the death of one Mohammed Ssemwanga (27), a resident of Kikubajinja in Luweero Town council. The Victim reportedly slid off a truck carrying supporters of Brenda Nabukenya, one of the contenders in the race.

Turyagumanawe observed that the restrictions are meant to control the influx of people with intent to sabotage the electoral process and cause chaos on polling day. He adds that whoever defies the directive will be arrested.

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Ramla Kadala one of the independent candidates in the race welcomed the regulations saying Luweero residents need to be given chance to take part in the elections without unnecessary pressure from political bigwigs from all over the country.

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However DP's Brenda Nabukenya scoffs at Police saying the new regulations could be a ploy to rig elections. She says politicians only travel to polling areas to guard votes and outwit massive rigging that could take place in the absence of a monitoring network.

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The By-Election in Luwero is to fill the Woman MP seat which fell vacant after the appellate Court ruled on that the process which took the Incumbent MP Brenda Nabukenya to parliament was not conducted in accordance with the law.

In the ruling, Court emphasized that the Electoral Commission didn't comply with electoral laws when in November 2011 Nabukenya's political rival Rebecca Lukwago Nalwanga sought a mandatory vote recount from another by election.

In the race is Incumbent, Brenda Nabukenya, NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga Lukwago and independents Ramla Kadala and Faridah Namubiru.