Kayihura Petitioned On Violence in Butalejja NRM Primaries


In short
Some members of Parliament from Butalejja say the Police in the District are watching on as incidences of violence mount up ahead of the ruling National Resistance Movement Parliamentary and district party primaries.

Some Members Of Parliament from Butaleja district are expressing fear about emerging  election-related violence as they wait for the National Resistance Movement Primaries.  
They are calling on the Uganda Police Force to intervene to restrain perpetrators of hooliganism and violence saying such act could affect the outcome of NRM party primaries for Parliamentary and district flag bearers. 

Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament, Florence Nebanda told journalists in Butaleja that she has observed increasing cases hooliganism, violence and intimidation and harassment of her supporters.

She says the police in the district was seemingly not taking action to ensure calm and order.

Nebanda claims that one of the aspirants for Bunyole East parliamentary Constituency, Nagomu Musamba moves freely with a gun threatening some of her supporters and those of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Emmanuel Dombo.

She said one of their supporters, Tadeo Tibuta was murdered last week after he was allegedly found pulling down campaign posters of Nagomu Musumba in Kachonga trading center, Kachonga Sub County. She said the deceased's body was later burnt beyond recognition in order to conceal evidence.

Nebanda who was flanked by Bunyole East member of Parliament, Emmanuel Dombo claimed that Nagomu and an aspirant for the woman member of parliament, Milly Mugyenyi recruited over 200 youths in the district to train with Kakooza Mutale's Kalangala action plan militia group ahead of the elections.

Dombo said the same youths who were trained by Kalangala action plan were the ones causing chaos in the NRM primaries.

The legislators have asked the inspector general of police to urgently intervene in the matter to avoid further bloodshed.

However Nagomu and Mugyenyi when contacted denied any connection with the group allegedly trained by Major Kakooza Mutale. He said he was nor also responsible for the demonstrations and acts of  hooliganism.
The regional police commander Malaba region,Andrew  Kaggwa  when contacted for comment said investigations had been launched into the allegations raised by the legislators.
Twenty people have so far been arrested in connection with the riots and murders in Butaleja district during the NRM primaries.
The NRM returning officer Butaleja District, Samuel Nehole said they have on several occasions informed police about the riots but no action seems to be taken.