In Summary

  • Samia Bugwe North MP Gideon Onyango claimed most of those being registered reside in districts bordering Kenya.
  • Charges that many Ugandans are being registered to vote in Kenya’s August 8 polls have been swirling in Nairobi since late January.

A Ugandan member of parliament (MP) has claimed many Ugandans are being registered to vote in Kenya’s August 8 elections.

Samia Bugwe North MP Gideon Onyango claimed most of those being registered reside in districts bordering Kenya.

"Enrolment of Ugandans into the Kenyan voter register is massive. This is happening in Busia.

"My question to the prime minister is, ‘Is our [Uganda’s] government aware?’, Mr Onyango posed during the Prime Minister’s Question Time in Parliament on Wednesday.

The deputy speaker of Uganda’s parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, "stopped" Prime Minister Rukahana Rugunda from responding to the question.

"Some of those matters touch on foreign relations. We cannot competently raise them in the form you are raising them," Mr Oulanyah said.

Charges that many Ugandans are being registered to vote in Kenya’s August 8 polls have been swirling in Nairobi since late January.

Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga started it when he said Kenya’s National Intelligence Service is orchestrating the recruitment to boost President Uhuru Kenyatta’s chances of re-election.

The NIS is yet to respond to the claims.

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But President Kenyatta has since rejected the claims.

He said the allegations are an excuse Mr Odinga intends to use to reject the results if Mr Kenyatta beats him at the polls.

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