Kiggundu: We Will Jail Vote Thieves

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Whoever is found culpable for vote rigging and violence during the forthcoming general elections will face the full wrath of the law, Engineer Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairman has warned.

Whoever is found culpable for vote rigging and violence during the forthcoming general elections will face the full wrath of the law, Engineer Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairman has warned.



According to Kiggundu, nobody will be spared even if they belong to the ruling National Resistance Movement party. The warning follows statements attributed to the NRM Secretary General, Justine Lumumba last week warning that government will shoot whoever attempts to cause confusion during election in Kampala and Wakiso.
 


Lumumba's statement has drawn public condemnation, with sections of the public and opposition members accusing her of fuelling violence and intimidation ahead of the February 18 elections. Kiggundu says individuals who have plans to disrupt the elections should brace themselves for legal action.

 
 
//Cue In: Violence is not going to be tolerated…
Cue Out…time to pay will be there//
 
 
Opposition candidates including Independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi and his FDC rival Kizza Besigye have also accused the ruling NRM party of planning to rig the polls. 




Last year, NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni made similar claims that the opposition was planning to rig the polls by tampering with the result transmission as well as bribe election officials. Kiggundu says EC has deployed biometric systems that cannot be manipulated by anyone to rig the polls.
 

//Cue In: Whatever plan they have…
Cue Out:…at the polling station//

 
There are fifteen days left to the presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.