Nandala Mafabi Accused Of Buying Votes In Kween By-election

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Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, is wanted by police in Kween district over allegation of electoral malpractices.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament is wanted by police in Kween district over allegations of electoral malpractice.
Mafabi is accused of conducting campaigns and buying votes in the Kween District LC V by election on the Election Day, something the police say is against the election law.
Diana Nandawula, the Eastern Regional Police spokesperson, said police found Nandala Mafabi this afternoon at Bugema trading in Kaptum Sub County addressing a group of voters.
She said police had received reports that Mafabi was moving from one village to the either bribing voters using money to vote for the FDC party candidate Tom Chemusto, who is contesting against his father and three others.
Nandawula said when they arrived at Bugema trading center they found Nandala was engaging a group of voters in a conversation which they are investigating the content.
Police condemned Nandala's action which they said is against the election law.
Nandawula said Nandala was interrogated at the spot and later summoned to record a statement as investigation into the matter continues. She said this is the gravest election malpractice so far registered in today’s by-election in Kween.
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Nandala has not yet reported to police to record his statement.
However he has denied any wrong doing. He claims that he was just on the mission of monitoring the election when he stopped to greet the residents of the trading centre who had waved him down.
The Kween by-election has attracted five candidates that include Paul Labu for Uganda People’s Congress ( UPC party), former LC 5 chairman of Kapchorwa district, Nelson Chelimo Kaprukutu, an Independent.
Others are Jackson Mwanga, an Independent, Paul Machinjach for the Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM Party) and his son Tom Chemisto Machinjach, Forum For Democratic Change (FDC party).
The race is tight between Machinijach of NRM and his son Chemisto of FDC and Chelimo an Independent.
Kween district LC V seat fell vacant on 31st August 2011, after the High Court in Kampala nullified the election of Lawrence Mangusho Cherop as the district LC V chairman on the ground of lack of requisite academic qualifications and failure to comply with the electoral laws.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.