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Hatred Ideology Plunging Bushenyi into Election Violence

by Amanyisa Zadock

BUSHENYI

Few days to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primary elections in Uganda, voters Bushenyi district are also preparing to exercise their constitutional right of choosing leaders as provided for by the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. Having a peaceful election in a “democratic” setting is a good idea and everyone’s dream.

However, the population in Bushenyi may not see a peaceful election, because of the bizarre events unfolding. The district has become a hothouse of violence and politics of hatred with strings of leaders leading groups into hate politics, which members of the community see as devastating.

Politics of hatred is gaining ground in the district. Some political hate-monger are using hatred rhetoric as instrument to materialize the political objectives. Because of this, hatred has on bushfire speed colonized several parts of the district.

According to police, on Tuesday, supporters of the incumbent Woman Member of Parliament and Minister of General Duties in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lay Canon Mary Karooro Okurut were beaten to pulp during a fracas with supporters of Mrs. Annette Katusiime Mugisha, a contender in the race.

The fracas took place in Kizinda town council, where panga and stick wielding individuals engaged each other, leaving causalities nursing wounds at Kampala International Hospital and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.

Both Minister Karooro and Mrs. Katusiime have secured their nomination to run in a hot primary election scheduled in September, 2020. The contest has catapulted into a cold war dominated by social media bickering and manifested self in violence. This has left scores wondering what the upcoming election holds in store for the people of Bushenyi.

In the buildup of all these unfortunate events, police and sister security agencies have launched a search for all persons involved in violence so that they can be brought to book. Some are at large according to the Greater Bushenyi Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr. Martial Tumusiime.

“Those who were involved in the Tuesday violence in Kizinda leaving their colleagues critically injured are still on the run, but we shall arrest all of them. We have already launched investigations into the matter,” said Mr. Tumusiime

The Bushenyi district Police Commander, Mr. Joe Komakech has described the development as “unfortunate” and vowed to crack down on the perpetrators.

“We are looking for everybody, who has been mentioned in this violence. We are working for peace. We don’t want anybody take the law in their hands. If you feel offended, come to police. We will make sure that we get those that are violating the law. People should not take law into their hands.” Mr Komakech told Countryside Reports

Mr. Jolly Tibemanya, the Resident District Commissioner and head of security in the district has also reacted promising to bring wrongdoers explain the behavior.

“I have promised that whoever was involved in this will be brought to book.” He warned

Some of the ruling NRM members in the district, have in a petition to the National party Chairperson attributed election violence to the NRM district Chairperson, Al Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba, who they accuse of making camps in the party, failing to ensure party cohesion and “openly involving himself in voter bribery while supporting a section of party candidates against others.”

Al Hajji Basajjabalaba has defended self and denied involving in promotion of violence.

“No!  I have never done that….even my nature does not allow me to accept violence. I have tried my level best and what I am trying to do is protecting Movement. If I see that there is someone who is trying to change the direction of the party, I come in as a chairman. That’s what I do and I will keep doing that.” Said Hajji Basajjabalaba

Mr. Willis Bashaasha, the Director of Manifesto Implementation Unit, who is former LC5 chairperson Bushenyi district and contestant in the 2016 Bushenyi-ishaka Municipality MP race condemns the development, terming it unfortunate.

“What is happening in our district is unfortunate and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible. I have said it and will continue to say that disagreements of political nature have not started today, but let’s keep civil.” He told Countryside Reports

Mr. Bashaasha advises the NRM district Chairperson to allow people to choose a flag bearer and respect the choice of the people.

“Hassan as a chairman of our party needs to allow respect people’s choice. These are primaries. Allow people to choose a flag bearer and then you start racing with flag bearers from other parties.” He advised

He added: “What we are witnessing is not the right approach to issues. You divide the party and create unnecessary hatred among the people.”

The situation tasks key political players in the district to raise to the occasion with their idiosyncrasies and condemn violence in practice for a peaceful 2020-21 electoral process. If not tackled, the consequences are huge.

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