8 August 2012

Uganda: Kasese By-Elections - Salaamu Musumba Arrested

Kasese — Four FDC officials including the party Vice President, Salaamu Musumba are under preventive arrest at Kasese District Central Police Station in Kasese town.

Preventive arrest is an imprisonment that is not imposed as the punishment for a crime, but in order to prevent a person from committing a crime, if that person is deemed likely to commit a crime.

Talking to the press while at the police at 12.30 pm, Salaamu Musumbu said that they had traveled to Kasese to check on the five FDC supporters who had been arrested from Prince Christopher Kyibanzanaga's house in Kasese on the eve of the Kasese Woman MP by-elections.

Police declined to talk to the press but allowed journalists to talk to Musumba who alleged that she had seen what she called the Kiboko Squad vehicle No. UAG 663 X which she said was the same vehicle that was used in Rwengo district during the Bukoto South by-elections.

Among the five FDC supporters who were arrested from Kyibanzanga's house whom Salaamu Musumba and her colleagues had gone to see at the police station are Sadic Amin, Robert Kisekwa and one Kamara.

Meanwhile, voters in short queues, on Wednesday braved the morning drizzle to cast their vote.

Voting started at about 7.00 am at the polling stations in all the four constituencies and in Kasese Municipality.

The turn-up was sluggish in Kasese Municipality.

At Rwenzori Square A, only 46 voters out of over 700 had voted and the presiding officer Moses Bwambale said that many voters had been turned away because their names were not in the voters' register.

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