By Ivan Mwine
Several officials of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party have reported been arrested by security personnel and other barred from accessing polling stations in the Omoro District Member of Parliament by-election.
The Omoro MP seat fell vacant following the demise of former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who was also the area legislator.
Voting for the next area MP is already underway, with the following candidates in the race; Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Simon Toolit Akecha of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Owani, Godwin Okello of Democratic Party (DP), Oscar Kizza of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) and Justine Odong of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
However, according to NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the ground in Omoro is not level for NUP members, because many of the party’s officials have been arrested since last night.
“Several officials of the National Unity Platform overseeing the ongoing voting in the #OmoroByElection have been arrested and whisked away by joint security forces,” Bobi Wine said on social media.
He added that; “Local Polling Agents and supervisors as well as Hon. Kalwanga David, Faridah Nabatanzi, Maiso Peter, and other comrades are some of the many officials currently placed in security custody.”
Bobi Wine also revealed that; “Multiple vehicles with concealed numberplates have been sighted in the area distributing sugar, soap, salt and other items — clear instances of bribery! Repeatedly, the regime has been claiming to have overwhelming support in the Northern region but specifically in #Omoro. One wonders why, then, it cannot let its opponents to have a levelled playing ground!”
However, by press time neither the police nor the Electoral Commission had come out to address Bobi Wine’s allegations.