Musumba, 10 Others, Released After Butaleja By-election Voting Hours

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Salaam Musumba, the FDC Vice President, has been released on police bond by Tororo Police following her arrest on Sunday night in Butaleja District on allegations of voter bribery.

Salaam Musumba, the FDC Vice President, has been released on police bond by Tororo Police following her arrest on Sunday night in Butaleja District on allegations of voter bribery.

Musumba regained her freedom on Monday evening at about 6pm. 
 
Musumba, who is also the Kamuli District Chairperson, was released alongside 10 others including Francis Mwijukye and Sam Mugumya, both aides to Dr. Kiiza Besigye.
 
Others released included Ramadhan Magula, John Patrick Hamba, Aggrey Ngobe, Mwalimu Kayondo and Ali Mwiso.
 
John Emiriat, the LC3 Chairperson Mollo sub county in Tororo County stood surety for Musumba.
 
Musumba spent the entire Sunday night at Malaba police station while the rest were held at Tororo central police station.
 
According to the police, the suspects were found in Busolwe town council distributing freebies like posho, bars of soap, paraffin, cooking oil, basins, mattresses and lumps to bribe voters to vote in favour of FDC party in the Monday’s elections.
 
Addressing journalists at Tororo central police station immediately after her release on Monday evening, Musumba said she was happy to have joined the club of freedom fighters by being arrested and detained without charge.
 
She said she did not any statement with the police despite efforts by the police for her to do so.
 
Salam also denied claims by the police that she was found bribing voters.
 
She said that she was only found shopping for a 2 inch mattress, a bar of soap, a basin, 4 litres of paraffin to take to her grandmother who lives in Doho, Butaleja.
 
Salam said she would not have spent a night behind bars if it was for Sam Omala, the Kampala Metropolitan North operation commander who led the operation to arrest her and others.
 
She said that Grace Turyagumanawe directed Omala to release her but he declined saying he only took orders from President.

 

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