Friday, 27 July 2012
TWO HELD FOR DEFACING CAMPAIGN POSTERS IN KASESE
Police in Kasese are holding two supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change for allegedly defacing posters of Rehema Muhindo the NRM candidate in the woman MP parliamentary elections.
The Officer in charge of electoral crimes Aidah Akelo said that the two were arrested in Maliba sub-county and Nyamwamba Division respectively.
Akelo identified the suspects as Moses Muhindo picked from Maliba sub-county yesterday and Cicilia Kabugho a vender in Mawa Market who was arrested today.
According to Akelo, Muhindo was found defacing Rehema’s posters in Maliba where as Kabugho did the same in Mawa market.
She said both will tomorrow be produced to court and charged with related election crimes.
On interrogation, Kabugho told police she wanted to defend herself from NRM supporters who wanted to paste posters against her will.
The district general secretary for FDC Johnson Kamalha says that NRM has started intimidating Winfred Kiiza supporters by imposing posters on them and when someone insists they accuse him or her of defacing posters.
However, reports suggest that top NRM officials were chanced out of Mawa and Kasese main market as they campaigned for Rehema Muhindo.
One of the NRM campaigners Aineah Kabale said that FDC is likely to have deployed youths who shout at whoever approaches them with party colours or the candidate’s posters.
The Kasese Woman parliamentary by-elections scheduled for August 8th is highly contested by Winfred Kiiza (FDC) and Rehema Muhindo (NRM).
The Officer in charge of electoral crimes Aida Akelo has warned supporters of different candidates to desist from committing offenses because they will take sole responsibility once arrested.