Kasese By-election: FDC's Salaamu Musumba Detained

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Vice President Salaamu Musumba has been detained at Kasese Police Station as voting continues in the parliamentary by-election.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Vice President Salaamu Musumba has been detained at Kasese Police Station as voting continues in the parliamentary by-election.

Musumba was detained at midday, after she went to the police station to visit five FDC supporters who were arrested yesterday.

The suspects she had gone to visit are Amin Sadiq, the son of former Ugandan President Idi Amin, Robert Kisekwa, Joseph Kamara, Nasaf Wanali and another person only identified as Muhiiro.

After visiting the suspects, Musumba, who was driving a vehicle registration number UAR 614Q, was blocked from leaving the police station and ordered out of the car.  She was accompanied to the station by Alice Alaso, the FDC secretary general.

Police formed a barricade at the entrance of the police station to stop Musumba from leaving the station.

Musumba says that her detention is illegal. She says that there was no need to detain her and yet she had gone to visit the supporters, whom she said are also illegally detained.

She also questioned the detention of the suspects, saying that the suspects are not in the records of the police.

Uganda Radio Network couldn’t get a comment from the District Police Commander Kasese, Jonathan Baroza. He was out of station and could not pick his calls.  

Voting started well as both police and the army continued to patrol major streets in Kasese Municipality.
 
 By 7:30am some voters had finished casting their votes.  

In some of the polling stations in Kasese Municipality, there were more than twenty people who had lined up ready to cast their ballots. The stations are Bishop Maserka, Nyakasanga and Rwenzori Square polling stations.

At Muhokya Primary School in Busongora East Constituency, however, only ten people had cast their vote by 9:30am. Three weeks ago, the Basongora threatened to boycott the elections after their preferred candidate, Betty Kayezu, withdrew from the race in favour of Rehema Muhindo of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
 
The other candidates in the race are Winfred Kiiza of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Rosemary Masika of the Democratic Party (DP).

 

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