Tight Security as NRM Members Vote in Masaka

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Noah Sserungoji, the greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson says they decided to deploy heavily to ensure peaceful elections.

There is heavy Police deployment in Masaka District as National Resistance Movement party members vote their flag bearers for various elective seats. Noah Sserungoji, the greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson says they decided to deploy heavily to ensure peaceful elections.
He says there is fear of possible outbreak of violence in some areas such as Bukoto East and Kyanamukaka Sub County. Today's polls will see the election of NRM party flag bearers for the Masaka LC V chairperson, Bukoto East county and Masaka Municipality parliamentary seats.

Joseph Mugerwa, the Masaka District NRM Electoral Officer says they have already disbursed voting materials to all polling stations despite the heavy early morning down pour. According to Mugerwa, they used police and the candidate's agents to escort the voting materials.

Those vying for election as Bukoto East NRM MP flag bearer are Dr. Abdul Nkoyooyo, Nsubuga Kizito and Phoebe Kyewalyanga, the incumbent Masaka District council speaker.  Herman Ssentongo, the Former Kamuli Resident District Commission is facing Maria Nakalazi for election as Masaka Municipality MP flag bearer.
The race for the Masaka NRM LC V chairperson's party ticket has attracted the incumbent Joseph Kalungi and Matia Mulindwa Kagugube, a former primary school teacher. Those contesting for election as NRM mayoral candidates for the Masaka municipality MP seat are George William Kalumba and Hajj Badru Namuyimba.

However, tight competition is expected between Joanita Nalule who seeks to unseat Fridah Kasse Mubanda, the incumbent Masaka Woman MP. Their contest has been overshadowed by allegations of witchcraft. On Wednesday, Mubanda stormed the shrine of Abdul Matovu Mayemba, a witch doctor demanding for a refund of Shillings 25 million for allegedly failing to eliminate Nalule from the race. 

According to information obtained by URN, Matovu had promised to use his fetishes to eliminate Nalule from the race within five days in vain. Joanita Nalule says she is surprised that her rival could bend this low in the name of retaining her seat.
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Mubanda could neither deny nor admit the allegations.  She told Uganda Radio Network on phone that she couldn't speak on such issues. NRM party primaries in Masaka district were cancelled last month due to malpractices.
It came after some of the ballot boxes were found tempered with.


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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.

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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.