June 17, 2024

Bukedea RDC, DPC arrested over electoral chaos

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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 against some candidates, polling agents, journalists, and voters.

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, and PC Kamakoin Difas. PC Born Naibei and Councillor Malinga Dan

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

A statement released by the Unit last night stated that the arrest happened after a series of intensive investigations were 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 against some candidates, polling agents, journalists, and voters,” the statement read.

It added: “As Head of the District Security Committee, the RDC plays an oversight role for government activities and programs in the District. He also coordinates all other Government departmental Heads and engages in any emergencies that have come up. In Election time, RDC coordinates and ensures a smooth transition, which did not happen in this case.”

The by-election that recently took place in Bukeddea was marred by alleged election intimidation and assaults on some of the candidates and journalists.

 

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