12 July 2018

Uganda: Singh Forced to Step Down in LC Elections

Kampala — From Member of Parliament for Rubaga North to being forced to step down from running for the lowest political office in his village, Singh Katongole's political star is waning.

Residents of Makamba Village in Lungujja Parish, Rubaga Division in Kampala on Tuesday run riot during the Local Council elections in which the former MP had presented himself as a candidate.

The residents, who had vowed not to participate in this elections if Mr Katongole (NRM) was one of the candidates, was accused of having tampered with the village register and creating ghost voters.

But in order to solve the impasse and not miss out on the elections that had not been held for the last 12 years, a crisis meeting was called on Tuesday night.

It was chaired by senior politician Wasswa Lule.

The outcome of the meeting was to have Mr Katongole step down from the race but be the vice chairperson of Makamba Village.

Deputy

The agreement was that Mr Singh was to deputise Mr Grace Ssengaaga, who was announced as the new chairperson (Independent).

Multiple sources that attended the closed-door meeting told Daily Monitor that Mr Katongole only accepted to step down when he was assured that voting would not take place unless he accepted to step down.

"He was so adamant at first. But we had to tell him the truth because people are tired of him and could not vote unless he stepped down," one of the sources that attended the closed-door meeting said.

Voters of Makamba Village on Tuesday unanimously agreed to boycott the election where Mr Katongole was standing as one of the candidates.

The former legislator had been accused in the petition to the EC of disenfranchising the voter register, conducting registration in non-recommended place (his home) and buying people from another voting zone to his own.

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