By Sarah Achen Kibisi.
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has instructed the Attorney General, Kiwanuka Kiryowa to find out what could have happened on Soroti rigging allegations to be resolved.
Her directive comes after Hon. Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda raised a Matter of Privilege regarding the alleged break-in of the home of Hon. Ann Adeke by unknown people on the eve of the Soroti City East by-election that took place on 28 July, 2022.
This prompted the speaker to ask the lawmaker if all these things were reported to police. In response, Ssemujju responded saying that madam speaker, the trouble, if your house is broken into by police, where do you report, that is why we are reporting to you for help.” Ssemujju said.
Soroti City East Member of Parliament, Hon. Herbert Ariko took oath as a Member of Parliament during plenary chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among.
Ariko on the hand was re-elected as Member of Parliament in a by-election after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Forum Democratic Change’s (FDC), Moses Attan. Ariko who contested on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket pulled 9,407 votes against Attan’s 8,771. Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) candidate, Pascal Amuriat got 115 votes.
Hon Ssemujju wondered whether it was a crime (unlawful) for members of Parliament to go and canvass votes for their parties in the different counties. He added that the said group cut padlocks to access the house where they showered the whole house with tear gas and pepper sprayed everyone who was later arrested. He noted that this group stole all the FDC polling materials such as appointment letters, vote registers, and money meant to feed and transport polling agents
As the Opposition, we are saddened by the way our Member, Hon. Attan Moses lost his Soroto City East Parliamentary seat. It is unfair that the counterpart in Soroti City West constituency never lost his seat yet both their constituencies were affected by boundary alterations.
“I once again reiterate that there is a need to amend the Electoral Commission Act to redefine the role of police and other armed personnel during elections. Electoral Commission should be solely in charge of and in direct command of the co-opted police and other internal security,” added Mpuuga.
The Leader of Opposition in parliament, Mathias Mpuuga also Masaka Municipality MP, said that it is further unfair for a Member to be penalized for the inefficiencies of the Electoral Commission ■