Why Bukedea poll probe troubles Speaker Among

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Poll-related violence and vote theft have become a part of Uganda’s election fabric under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government, but President Museveni recently introduced a new dimension when he wrote a letter describing how flabbergasted he was by the extent to which things deteriorated during the by-election to replace Bukedea District’s chairperson. Derrick Kiyonga writes that this could be a veiled dig at Speaker Anita Among, who is seen as a powerbroker across Teso Sub-region.

On June 27, Mr Mike Mukula, the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) vice chairperson for eastern Uganda fired off a tweet, bragging how he had received Sam Oita and Stephen Omagor into the ruling party.

Mr Oita, who belonged to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, had contested in the Bukedea by-election in which the NRM’s Mary Akol is said to have benefitted from unprecedented violence and shocking electoral thuggery perpetrated by henchmen in the police and other security organs.

Mr Omagor, who had also wanted to run for the seat following the death of Moses Olemukan last year, did not make it to the ballot.

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