Busujju County Member of Parliament, David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga has been arrested in Omoro county while monitoring the progress of polling in the area.
The people of Omoro on Thursday went to polls to vote in a by election to fill the Parliamentary seat that fell vacant after the death of the former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah on March 20 in Seattle, USA.
Kalwanga is one of the leaders of the opposition political party, National Unity Platform (NUP) who are in Omoro to guard and monitor votes of their candidate Tolit Simon Akecha.
One of the people who witnessed the arrest and was part of the team told this news website that Kalwanga was netted while supervising one of the sub-counties.
“Since 5am, we were trailed by a number of military vehicles whose occupants ordered us to stop at around 9am. It was at this time that the MP was arrested and whisked to Omoro police station,” he said.
Our efforts to reach the regional police spokesperson were futile since he could not pick our repeated calls.
Kalwanga had earlier told this news website that he had seen several military vehicles carrying people to go and cast their ballots.
“Military vehicles are carrying people from villages, giving them money before dropping them at the polling stations,” he said. Plus News could not independently verify this.
Yesterday, NBS TV investigative journalist, Canary Mugume posted on Twitter, a car with hidden number plates in Omoro. He had earlier said that: “When the dark sets in, the number plates of some cars that were seen earlier transporting government officials in and out of Omoro, get covered with polythene bags.”
Cars with hidden number plates have been seen this morning moving from one polling station to another.
Six candidates including NUP’s Tolit Simon Akecha, National Resistance Movement Party flag bearer Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, Oscar Kizza, the alliance for National Transformation party candidate, Justine Odong, FDC flag bearer, and Terrence Odonga, and Jimmy Walter Onen all contesting on independent tickets are vying for the position.