Angry residents on Tuesday night cut down four acres of banana plantation, destroyed houses in Kyeinamu village, Rushasha Sub County Isingiro district over LC1 elections.
Authorities say the disgruntled residents destroyed properties of rival candidates following a disagreement that erupted hours after the local council one election in which NRM flag bearer Kagina Moses lost to independent candidate.
It all started when Kagina lost to an Independent candidate -Betumaho Livingstone. According to eyewitness, after the declaration of results, Kagina grabbed a walking stick from one of the voters and hit the jubilant – Bangowabo Fransisco, on the fore head.
That is when Betumaho’s supporters matched onto Kagina in revenge. It is at this point that the police deployed at Kyeinamu polling station shot in the air to disperse the rowdy crowd. One of Kagina’s supporters -Ahimbisibwe Denis was also hit with a glass that shuttered his head. He is now admitted at Mbarara regional Referral hospital.
In an act of revenge, on Tuesday night, angry residents descended on Kagina’s house, pulled it down. They also cut down is banana plantation. They also marched on the properties of his agents
Isingiro District Police Commander Erimu Richard says police has started investigations and the culprits will be brought to book.
In a tweet on Thursday, Kizza Besigye said ‘ ‘ The effects of a primitive method of electing Uganda Local Councils by voters lining behind candidates’’
Ms Jenipher Namuyangu, the State minister for Local Government, says an LC1 chairperson is entitled to a bicycle for official duties and an ex-gratia of Shs120,000 annually, which translates into Shs600,000 in the five years of their office term.
Meanwhile, The ruling NRM party said they won majority Local Council chairperson seats in the just concluded village election. According to a press statement by the NRM Secretariat, the popularity of the party has continued to grow despite heavy criticism from Opposition politicians.
To demonstrate this, the NRM said they won numerous LCI chairperson seats countrywide, including “at the backyard” of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ms Winnie Kiiza, and Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi’s village.
“In Kasese, the home district of the Opposition leader in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, NRM got 481 out of 753 villages. The Opposition combined, collected less than half of NRM,” the party stated.
The NRM also won in Rukungiri District where Opposition politician Dr Kizza Besigye hails from with 444 chairpersons, followed by the Opposition and Independents’ 231.
The Leader of Opposition, Ms Winnie Kiiza, said NRM claiming majority of the LC1 seats in Kasese [and other Opposition strongholds] does not mean Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has lost ground. “NRM should not jump over the roof to celebrate victory in Kasese. She blamed the EC for not having done enough civic education to educate voters about the electoral process which made most of them miss out on the village registers.