Kibaale LC 5 Election Loser Accuses Police of Voter Intimidation

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Henry Baguma, an independent contestant for the Kibaale LC V chairman's seat has refused to concede defeat and instead blamed police for his loss. Baguma accuses police of harassing and intimidating his supporters to favor his rival, the incumbent chairperson during the local council elections. He also accuses police of rounding up his supporters from various places in the district. He identifies some of his supporters who were arrested as Omuhereza Alinaitwe, Omuhereza Kaganda and Alex Muhwezi. Baguma attributes the low turn up of voters in the district to police harassment. But police has denied the accusations. Michael Ogwal, Kibaale district CID boss says that the suspects were arrested for voter bribery and election violence. He explains that Alinaitwe and Kaganda were arrested after intimidating voters at Mugarama polling station while Muhwezi arrested dishing out money to voters at Nkooko. Ogwal says that Muhwezi was found red handed distributing shillings 1000 to voters asking them to vote for Baguma. But Baguma says that that money was meant to facilitate his agents and not to bribe voters. According to the results released by Nathan Nabasa, the Kibaale district returning Officer, George Nakamya emerged winner after polling 79,270 votes. His rival Baguma polled 44,231 votes scoring 35.8 percent of the total votes cast. Nabasa described the elections as free and fair. He however advised Baguma to petition court if he is dissatisfied with the results.