JINJA, Uganda: Police operatives of the flying squad traveling in an old salon car Registration number UAG 663X at around 3:30PM on April 11, 2018 arrived at the home of the former LCIII chairman of Walukuba Masese Division in Jinja Municipality, Musisi Kibugudhu Badman.
His wife, Nusurah Ninsiima was convinced by the plain-clothed five men that they were usual friends to her husband. “Where is our brother? We have come to check on him briefly,” one of the polite looking operatives asked Ninsiima before she directed them to where her husband was. Ninsiima could not know they were security operatives.
“So I gave them a neighbor’s child to lead them to my co-wife’s place where the chairman (Musisi) was. But later I called him to find out whether the guests had reached him. That is when he told me that they were police operatives and that they had already arrested him,” she cried.
“I broke down in tears,” a teary Ninsiima told The Investigator from Kiira Regional Police Headquarters yesterday where Musisi was held up to around 8:00pm when they whisked him to Kira Police Station, Kira Municipality, Kampala where he is detained.
At Kiira police, Musisi joined Jinja Municipal Council Speaker, Morrison Bizitu who was arrested on Monday. Police say the persons being arrested have cases related to electoral offenses committed in the recent Jinja East Constituency by-election.
Kiira Regional police Commander, Onesmus Mwesigwa has declined to comment on the matter since Musisi’s arrest. In fact he yesterday sent away journalists from the region, saying he would address them on a later date.
But earlier, on Tuesday actually, Mwesigwa said police would make even more arrests. “We have more people to arrest, those who didn’t do their works as expected and those who misused government funds” he said.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Musisi, Bizitu, Jinja Central Division LCIII chairman, Kirunda Mubarak together with some other opposition diehards in Jinja town played a big role in ensuring that some of the polling officials were supporters of their candidate, Paul Mwiru who was declared winner with 6,654 votes against NRM’s Nathan Igeme Nabeta who got 5,034 votes.
It is alleged that the ‘Mwiru supporters’ who served as polling officials illegally added ghost voters in the registration Database. Ten of these were also arrested from their various workplaces or homes on Monday, briefly held at Kiira Regional Police headquarters before they were taken to CPS – Jinja where they are detained.
Section 29 of the Election Commission Act states that any person who by himself or herself or any other person procures the registration of himself or herself or any other person on a voters roll for a constituency, knowing that he or she or that other person is not entitled to be registered on that voters roll or is already registered on it or on another voters roll or by himself or herself or any other person procures the registration of a fictitious person, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding thirty currency points or to imprisonment not exceeding one year or to both.
The ruling party – NRM rejected Mwiru’s victory on grounds of alleged malpractices. Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba told a press conference a day after the elections that the party legal team was evaluating the available evidence to see whether they would challenge Mwiru’s victory in court.