Police Stops clashes at Kitovu Polling Station

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Trouble started at around 2pm when Luke Ssekamwa, the campaign manager of Nalule reportedly found Mubandas polling agents rigging.

Tempers flared this afternoon at St. Henry's Kitovu polling station in Masaka between supporters of Friddah Kasse Mubanda, the incumbent Masaka Woman MP and those of her rival Joanita Nalule over accusations of ballot stuffing.
Trouble started at around 2pm when Luke Ssekamwa, the campaign manager of Nalule reportedly found Mubanda's polling agents rigging during NRM primaries for the District Woman MP candidate. 

According to Ssekamwa, they were still tracking the ballot papers for the woman MP elections when he received a phone call from Kitovu notifying him that Mubanda's polling agents led by Reagan Ssentongo were ballot stuffing.
The polls had not yet started by 2pm because of the delayed delivery of the voting materials. According to Ssekwamwa, on receiving the phone call, he rushed to see to see what was happening and caught Mubanda's polling agents staffing the ballot.
This sparked off clashes between the supporters of the rival candidates forcing Police to intervene. Anti-riot police led by John Mwaule, the Masaka DPC stopped the clashes and summoned both candidates to Masaka Central Police Station.

Mubanda who also rushed to the scene refused to go for the meeting and asked her voters to continue casting their votes. Joanita Nalule objected to the move and asked Police to close the polling station.
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Mubanda objected to the proposal by her rival to close the polling station and denied rigging the polls.

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She accused Joseph Mugerwa, the Masaka District NRM Electoral Commission Officer for deliberately distributing the voting materials on time.

John Mwaule, the Masaka DPC stopped the elections at St. Henry's Collage Kitovu amidst protests from Mubanda. Mwaule said he was very disturbed by the confusion in NRM party elections. 

Joseph Mugerwa, the Masaka District NRM Electoral Commission Officer has not yet commented. He told URN he was still holed up in a meeting at Masaka Central Police Station.

By the time of filing this story, police had rushed to Kampala university polling station to quell another protest.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.