Tuesday, 14 August 2012
KASESE RETURNING OFFICER RELEASED ON BOND
The Kasese district returning officer Vally Kanzira Tumwesigye who was detained on Saturday resumed his duties on Tuesday after being released on bond.
Kanzira was arrested on Saturday afternoon and detained at the Western Regional police station in Fort Portal on alleged fraud in the just concluded bye-elections for the Kasese Woman Member of Parliament.
He had on Thursday morning declared FDC’s Winfred Kiiza as the winner of the highly contested race beating NRM’s Rehema Muhindo with a thirty seven thousand seven hundred twenty three votes margin. The other candidate in the race DP’s Rosemary Masika was third with one thousand two hundred twenty nine votes.
The Kasese District Police Commander Jonathan Baroza said this evening that Kanzira was released on bond because he had some duties to carry out as a Returning Officer.
He however declined to reveal whether Kanzira was charged or not charged urging that the arrest was a deliberate move by police headquarters in Kampala.
In an interview with this reporter at his office this evening, Kanzira said that police denied him a request to be produced in court on Monday because there was no complainant in the case.
Kanzira said that detectives have questioned him about the choice of the finger nail ink mark put on voters on Election Day but he told them the Electoral Commission Offices in Kampala was answerable.
He continues with his responsibility of paying up the polling officials and constables across the district.