10 Opposition Members Arrested In Busia LC 5 By-election

Ten members of the opposition political parties were arrested yesterday afternoon during the LC 5 by-election in Busia district.

Without divulging many details, Peter Kakonge, the Bukedi Regional Police Commander told journalists that majority of them were found around Integrated Primary school polling station giving money to voters to entice them to vote for their candidate.

He said they were arrested at about 3:00pm. By the time of filling this story their identities were not readily available.

Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairman who is overseeing the by-election confirmed the arrests but referred journalists to Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission Public Relations Officer for details.

Taremwa also confirmed the arrests but did not have details at the time of the interview. The suspects are being held at Busia central police station.

Only two candidates are vying for the seat. They are Deogratious Njoki for the Interparty Coalition but a member of the Democratic Party and NRM’s Steven Oundu Wanyama.

Voting ends at 5:00pm when tallying of the votes will start immediately at the tallying center at Busia district headquarters.

The Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Dr. Badru Kiggundu says voting was peaceful except with very low turn up of voters.

There are a total of 142,025 registered voters who were expected to take to the polls at the 220 polling stations in the district.

The Busia LC V chairperson’s seat fell vacant in October after the former chairman Ouma Adea was kicked out of office by the Anti-Corruption Court for soliciting bribes and abuse of office.

Six months into his term on November 8th, 2011, Ouma was charged with soliciting and receiving money and abuse of office.

Court found that Adea on various dates in November 2011 corruptly solicited for gratification of 2,000 dollars from Paul Sherwen, the Managing Director of Busitema Mining Company.

The money was an inducement to allow the company survey land at Tiira trading centre in Busitema Sub County in Busia district for purposes of mining gold.

He received the money at Golf Course Hotel on Yusuf Lule road in Kampala. It was against this background that court kicked him Ouma out of office.