Bukedea RDC, DPC arrested over electoral chaos

The Anti-corruption Unit has arrested the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Wilberforce Tukei and the District Police Commander (DPC), Charles Okoto, for failing to act on, among others, rampant acts of intimidation and assault of some candidates, polling agents, journalists and voters.

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A statement released by the Unit last night stated that the arrest happened after a series of intensive investigations conducted into reported criminal activities in the recent LC V Chairperson by-elections in Bukedea District.

The Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested the RDC Bukedea, Mr. Wilberforce Tukei and the DPC, SP Charles Okoto, for failing to act on, among others, rampant acts of intimidation and assault of some candidates, polling agents, journalists and voters,” the statement read.

It added: “As Head of the District Security Committee, the RDC plays oversight role of Govt activities/programs in the District. He also, coordinates all other Government departmental Heads and engages on any emergency that has come up. In Election time, RDC coordinates and ensures smooth transition in election time which did not happen in this case.”

The statement also revealed that the incidents occurred before, during and after elections.

So far, 8 people have been arrested including, RDC Bukedea Wilberforce Tukei, SP Charles Okoto, D/ASP Ehguloiti Alex, PC Akankwasa Onesmus, PC Oriokot Simon Peter, PC Kamakoin Difas PC Born Naibei and Councillor Malinga Dan.

The by-election that recently in Bukeddea was marred by alleged election intimidation, assault of some of the candidates and journalists.

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