SHEEMA – Police have arrested former Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality MP, Oddo Tayebwa and the Mbarara district Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) chairperson, Stanley Katembeya over allegations of election malpractices in the ongoing Sheema North by-election.
Tayebwa was intercepted at Kabutsye in Masheruka town council, Sheema district and dragged from his car into one of the two police cars that the officers were driving.
He was taken to Sheema district Police Station while Katembeya who was also arrested in Masheruka town council is detained at Kigarama Sub-County police station.
When asked about the arrests, Marshal Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson told reporters that: “They were suspected to be involved in malpractices in the ongoing election. They are just going to record statements and then they will be set free.”
Sheema North constituents are Monday voting their new MP after the seat fell vacant when Minister Elioda Tumwesigye was elected the MP for the newly created Sheema Municipality.
FDC’s Guma Nuwagaba is tussling it out with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Naome Kibaju.
Meanwhile, there is heavy security in the area as the constituents vote.
The Greater Bushenyi Regional Police spokesperson, Tumusiime, said the deployment is normal and should not bother anyone since they are “only working to ensure that there is sanity during the by-election.”