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Rubanda town council NRM LC3 flag bearer knocked in struggle to save ballot box.

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Rubanda town council NRM LC3 flag bearer knocked in struggle to save ballot box.

By Julius Ariho

Norman Tushabe, Rubanda town council National Resistance Movement (NRM) party LC3 chairman has been admitted at kabale regional referral hospital with broken legs after he was knocked while in a struggle to save a ballot box from being taken by his opponents’ supporters.

The incident occurred today at around 01:00PM at Kishaki catholic parish in Rubanda town council. Tushabe is contesting against independent John Bosco Tumwesigye in an election that is ongoing today.  Tusbabe had also defeated Tumwesigye in NRM primaries that were held last year.   

Tushabe told our reporter that he at around 12:45PM received information that supporters of Tumwesigye led by Rev.Fr. Charles Lwanga, the rector of St. Adrian’s Seminary Rubanda and his deputy, Rev. Fr.Nicholas Mwesigwa, Wilbroad Byamukama, a lecturer at kabale university, Justus Magara and others only identified as Rev.Fr Nicholas, John Baptista and Wilbroad have stormed Kishaki catholic parish polling station to grab a ballot box.

Tushabe says that on reaching at the polling station, he found the group ordering polling officials to surrender a ballot box and booklets of ballot papers to them so that they tick Tumwesigye since he is their official catholic candidate.  Tushabe says that on arriving, he found the group guarded with an armed Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) soldier but continued and blocked their mission.

Tusbabe also found his supporters being blocked by the group from voting.

He says that while he boarded a boda boda motorcycle to go back, priests and their group also boarded the motor vehicle UBF 903L Nissan Fuga driven by Wilbroad and knocked him. Norman says that he suffered fractures of both legs but the boda boda rider UEQ who was transporting him he only identified as Denis Sabitti survived with no injuries.

Tushabe also says that at around 08:00AM, the group had also attempted to grab ballot boxes and ballot baper booklets from another polling station he did not reveal but police foiled them.

Boniface Wanyama, Rubanda district police commander says that Tushabe was first rushed to Muko health Centre IV and later referred to kabale regional referral hospital for treatment. Wanyama says that investigations into the matter are ongoing. Efforts to get a comment from Rev.Fr Lwanga and Mwesigwa were futile as their mobile phones were switched off and were on the run.