The army has withdrawn guards of State Minister for Water and Environment Ronald Kibuule for allegedly getting involved in election rigging during last Thursday’s elections.
The military guards are said to have put on gunpoint police officers guarding ballot boxes in Kyampisi Sub-county, Mukono District before making off with the boxes and ballots on Thursday evening, shortly after voting took place. The guards also made off with the officers’ guns.
The minister lost to Mr Abdullah Kiwanuka of National Unity Platform (NUP) in the race for the Mukono North Parliamentary seat.
According to police, when the incident happened, they immediately called for reinforcement from Kampala. More police officers arrived only to find the guns abandoned on the road leading to the Kyampisi sub county headquarters.
The stolen ballot boxes were later found mixed with those from Nama Sub-county in Mukono. The EC officials at Mukono tally centre were told to tally results from other polling stations and exclude those from Kyampisi.
Following the incident, the senior police leadership led by Deputy IGP Paul Loketch contacted their counterparts in the army and the guards were withdrawn.
The CID spokesperson, Mr Charles Twiine, said investigations into the matter are still ongoing.
He added that they are gathering more evidence before they can summon the minister over the matter.
However, Mr Kibuule denied any role in the incident and said this was propaganda promoted by his opponents. He insisted on polling day, he never left his home.
Mr Abdullah Kiwanuka, who won the Mukono North Parliamentary seat, confirmed the rigging allegations, adding that said the stolen ballot boxes were later found following a hunt by police.
“The ballot boxes from Kyampisi Sub-county had been mixed with those from Nama Sub-county,” Mr Kiwanuka said.