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Rwanda denies offloading Ugandan ballot papers

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The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority has denied allegations that the plane carrying ballot papers for the 2016 elections in Uganda, first landed at Kigali International Airport (KIA) and offloaded some ballot papers before proceeding to its final destination, the Entebbe International Airport.

According to Silas Udahemuka, RCAA boss, there are no reports at the KIA of any such activity or recordings of any flight from South Africa enroute Entebbe in the recent past.

‘According to the flight data information by the Air Traffic control Unit at Kigali International Airport, in the past four to five days and earlier, no flight of that nature from South Africa made a stopover or landed at Kigali International Airport and the ground handling department doesn’t have recordings of the alleged flight,’ Udahemuka, said in a statement yesterday.

While receiving the ballot papers at Entebbe last Thursady, January 28 the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) boss Eng Badru Kiggundu, said the Ethiopian Airlines plane that delivered the papers had delayed. He did not give details of the delay, sparking off a social media speculative banter that the plane first landed in Kigali and offloaded some ballot papers before landing at Entebbe.

Meanwhile, Ms Paarl Media of South Africa which printed the ballot papers, the Ethiopian Airlines which transported them and the South African aviation regulator are yet to explain what caused the delay.

 

 

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