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Karamoja NRM delegates demand accountability from current CEC members vying for re-election

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Mukula, Kadaga, Engola facing it hard.

 

In a meeting on Sunday evening in Moroto, National Resistance Movement (NRM) party delegates asserted the need to have the incumbents in CEC vying for re-elections, present accountability to them for a period spanning over 17 years for some.

Angry at the wasteful expenditure by some of the members that have been flying in government choppers which they said is expensive yet it doesn’t reflect on what they are being given as foot soldiers for the party. Some went as far as vowing to have all incumbents ousted and the new entrants given a chance.

This comes in the wake of NRM party leadership elections scheduled for August 19, 2020. In the past, all delegates were summoned to Namboole for a joint conference but with the entry of #Covid-19, the candidates have been tasked by unavoidable circumstances to traverse the country in a wild goose chase for votes. Some hostility has been noticed as many had never met these candidates and feel that there is an opportunistic tendency in all of them as they never would have come to the grassroots had it not been for the search for votes. They also decried the estrangement of these leaders from them during non electoral periods only to show up with large sums of money to persuade the delegates for votes, a thing they felt is insulting and diluting the loyalty to the party.

The current incumbents are Speaker. Rebecca Kadaga who is being challenged by Junior lands Minister Persis Namuganza for 2nd Vice National Chairperson (Female) Sam Engola who is National Vice chairperson for Northern Uganda is being challenged by the Deputy Speaker. Jacob Oulanyah and the most escalated battle is for the National Vice Chairperson for Eastern Uganda between the incumbent Capt. Mike Mukula and Sanjay Tanna who have traded accusations of monetization of campaigns and racism being among the accusations being traded between the two party bigwigs. This is a situation that has seen an alliance being formed by the incumbents in a bid to consolidate on each other’s strengths in their respective regions.

This however hasn’t come with its own challenges as a meeting held in Soroti convened by Kadaga almost caused a collapse of her bid after her departure. Sources that attended the meeting intimated that there was displeasure expressed by members over the transport refund availed to them as it couldn’t even take them back home as some of the members said they would have to sell a chicken or 2 to pay up the transport costs incurred, it is said some actually tore the bank notes handed to them. Another reason for displeasure was the presence of Capt. Mukula who has been accused by Teso delegates for being detached from them and only returns to look for votes.

All this summed up, seems to suggest that the coalition between Kadaga, Engola and Mukula may as well be their Waterloo this time around as all have made enemies that they have equally distributed amongst themselves. There has been no mention of any kind of coalition between Oulanyah, Sanjay and Namuganza, a thing that if it were to happen, would make this race more interesting.

All CEC candidates will be vetted yesterday  August 11, 2020 via a virtual meeting. We stay glued to see how the politics plays out this time and who will come out burnt or unbruised.


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20 People Arrested Over Voter Bribery in Kampala

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20 people have been arrested in Kampala for alleged voter bribery and rigging in the local government elections.

The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said some of the suspects were arrested on Monday with pre-ticked ballot papers while others were bribing voters at various polling stations.

Police reports indicate that most of the suspects were picked from Nansana municipality, Makindye, Kawempe and within Kampala central division. One of the suspects is Evelyn Birabwa who was arrested at Kavule II polling station while issuing pre-ticked ballots to voters in favour of a candidate.

Chaos was also reported at different polling stations on Sixth street industrial area and summit view polling station in Kololo in Kampala central where two unidentified polling agents were arrested by military and police for allegedly causing chaos at a polling station.

Chaos also erupted at a polling station near the Makindye police barracks in Makindye division after two vehicles suspected of carrying pre-ticked ballot papers attempted to access the venue.

In Kamwokya, two voters were arrested trying to vote using the National Identification Card of a dead person.

Onyango said despite incidents of bribery and rigging in the Kampala Metropolitan area, the security situation was calm.

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NRM Dominates New Mbarara, Fort Portal City Divisions

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The National Resistance Movement -NRM party has taken the leadership of the two divisions in Mbarara city.

Mbarara is one of the new cities that started operations on July 1, 2020. It is divided into Mbarara City North, comprising the areas of Kamukuzi, Kakiika and Biharwe, and Mbarara City South Division covering the areas of Nyakayojo, Nyamitanga and Kakoba.

From polls held on Monday, the Mbarara City North Division mayoral seat was won by Gumisiriza Kyabwiso, who polled 9,185 votes to beat five other candidates. He was followed by Benon Mugume with 6,958 votes, Johns Asingwire who had 405 votes and Naboth Ainemaaniof the National Unity Platform with who polled 249 votes.

Kyabwiso and Benon Mugume were facing off for the third time. The two contested against each other in 2016 for the same seat before Mbarara was elevated to City status and met again during the NRM Party primaries in which Kyabwiso emerged the victor.

The other candidates in the same race included Godfrey Ayebazibwe, the Forum for Democratic Change -FDC candidate who polled 226 votes and Mweteise Bintabara, of the Alliance for National Transformation who polled 108 votes. The area with a total of 114,511) registered voters in 195 polling stations.

Meanwhile, Jomo Mugabi Jamidin, another NRM candidate has been declared the winner in Mbarara City Division South after collecting 16,321 votes beating five other contenders. Others are Quraish Segawa of NUP who polled 2,793 votes, Benson Tumuheirwe with 1,807 votes and Godwin Byekwaso who had 1,436 votes.

Apart from the woman Member of Parliament that was won by Rita Atukwase Bwahika an Independent candidate, the NRM party now takes full charge of Mbarara City Council after the City Mayoral seat was won by Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi. The counties were won by Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari and Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama.

The NRM also took charge of the divisions in Fort Portal, another newly created city. According to the Fort Portal Returning Officer James Mugenyi,  Richard Muhumuza, the former chairperson of West Division Fort Portal Municipality, defeated five opponents to take the Fort Portal Central Division mayoral seat.

Muhumuza garnered 6,990 votes while his closest rival, Joram Bintamanya of the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC polled 3,869 votes. The others in the race included independent candidates Herbert Mugisa who got 2,193 votes and Gilbert Kayondo, the former speaker pf Fort Portal Municipal Council who got 1,010 votes.

Davis Rwamuhumbu of National Unity Platform – NUP party got 235 votes and independent candidate Yasin Abdullah came last with only 132 votes. In North Division, Joseph Mashuhuko of NRM won with 9,736 votes beating Pascal Kato Byoma who had 2,049 votes.

Mashuhuko was the Karambi Sub County councillor to Kabarole District Council. However, when Fort Portal city was being created, Karambi was annexed to the then Fort Portal Municipality with Bukuuku Sub County and Karago town council to form the North Division.

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Defying the Umbrella Wave: NRM Wins Kampala Central Mayoral Race

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Salim Saad Uhuru, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate has won the Kampala Central Division Mayoral seat. He was declared elected by the Kampala Central Returning Officer, Doreen Musiime at 5 am this morning.   According to the poll results announced by Musiime, Uhuru garnered 13,114 votes against 10,654 votes garnered by his closest and National Unity Platform rival, Hamudan Kigozi Semugoma.

The incumbent Kampala Central Mayor and Democratic Party candidate, Charles Musoke Sserunjogi came third with 5,318 followed by independent candidate, Patrick Mugisa with 2,095 and Lameck Sewanyana, another Independent candidate garnered 820 votes.

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate Isah Ssemaganda got 531 votes followed independent candidate, George Wakula with312 votes, followed by Independent Isaya Kavuma with 166 while independent candidate, Emmanuel Tebajjukira trailed with 79 votes.

The total number of valid votes cast was 33089 while invalid ballot papers were 565 and spoilt ballots were 41. Speaking to journalists shortly after being declared the winner, Uhuru said that he is glad that he has delivered the only victory to the NRM in the Kampala Central mayoral race.

He says that he is honoured to have been voted by Kampala central voters including NUP supporters.

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