People Power candidate jumps bail, wanted over Hoima by-election row

Wanted: Mr. Wanyama wearing People Power beret.

Kampala – A devoted People Power supporter and a Local Council 3 aspirant for Dabani sub–county, Busia district in the 2021 general polls is a wanted man, TND News has learnt.

He’s wanted by police for reportedly jumping bail and failing to show up at Hoima Chief Magistrate Court to answer charges of participating in electoral violence and malpractice in the Hoima by-elections held last year.

The wanted man [suspect] has been identified as Wanyama Robert. Recently, he was arrested in a massive police crackdown of opposition politicians who were campaigning for defeated Asinansi Nyakato.

Upon his arrest, Wanyama and other politicians were grilled for hours and arraigned in Hoima Court where they appeared before the magistrate, who remanded them to Hoima Prison.

On 4th October 2019, they returned to the same Court and were granted bail on condition that they must appear in Court on 16th October 2019 for the hearing of their case, once investigations by the State Attorney are completed.

Like most of his opposition colleagues, Wanyama did not show up. Wanyama told our reporter that due to the torture he underwent in police and prison cells, his health condition worsened, reason why he did not turn up in Court, adding that: “My health condition is still worrying.”

Wanyama (extreme right putting on glasses) after being granted bail last year.

Hoima Court has since issued a warrant of arrest for the defiant politicians and police have launched a manhunt for Wanyama and his co-conspirators in the alleged chaos.

It is believed that during the chaos that rocked the Hoima by-elections, politicians both in NRM and opposition participated in electoral violence and some were even accused of vote bribery.

Prominent of them was NRM’s Moses Karangwa, who was accused of vote bribery and intimidation. However, only opposition politicians were arrested and their NRM counterparts were left to walk scot-free, which some political pundits claim is a sign of “political persecution”.

It is reported that ever since he learnt of his impending arrest, Wanyama fled from Busia where he was seeking a political seat and pitched camp in Kitende along Entebbe Road. A friend of his told this contemporary online newspaper that on learning that his Kitende hideout had been busted, Wanyama relocated to an unknown place.

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