UPDF, Police Stops Clashes Between Rival NRM Supporters


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Augustine Nakitari, the Officer in Charge Kabale Central Police Station has confirmed receiving complaints against the party registrar and advised the Kabale District NRM leadership to address the problem.

It took the intervention of UPDF and Police this morning to stop clashes between supporters of Professor Augustus Niwagaba, an aspirant for the Kabale Municipality MP NRM party ticket and those of his rival Dr. Francis Runumi.

It all started after Runumi's supporters found a Premio vehicle registration Number UAQ 791 belonging to Isaac Doka, the Nyakahita Village NRM party Registrar packed next to Niwagaba's double cabin pickup number UAH 129P outside Evas Mugabe's home at around 1:30am. Mugabe is one of the campaign agents of Niwagaba.

Florence Ainembabazi, a supporter of Runumi says they became suspicious and decided to surround both vehicles and present them to Police as evidence that something was going on between the registrar and Niwagaba's camp.

She says the registrar decided to flee when he realised that his vehicle had been surrounded by Runumi's team and called Police for help. Niwagaba's team confronted Runumi's supporters leading to a heated verbal exchange that almost degenerated into a fist fight.

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It took the intervention of Police and the Army to stop clashes between the supporters of the rival camps. Charity Kaburahona, the chief campaign agent of Runumi says they have been receiving reports that Doka has been holding meetings with Niwagaba's team until when they decided to trail him and get him red handed.

However, Simon Muhereza who was traveling in the Double Cabin pickup belonging to Professor Niwagaba denies any wrong doing. According to Muhereza, they had gone to check on one of their voters who lost his relative and not to meet the registrar as claimed by members of the rival team.

Augustine Nakitari, the Officer in Charge Kabale Central Police Station has confirmed receiving complaints against the registrar and advised the Kabale district NRM leadership to address the problem. Anthony Mugambwa, the Kabale District NRM Registrar says he held a meeting with both groups at Kabale Police Station at around 2:00am to try and resolve the impulse.

Doka has not yet commented as he couldn't answer our repeated calls to his mobile. 


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.