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NUP Wins Mityana Municipality Mayoral Race, 26 Council Seats

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The National Unity Platform- NUP has won 26 seats in the Mityana municipal council.

Mukambwe Faustin Lukonge, the NUP flag bearer was also elected mayor with 14,463 votes defeating the NRM party candidate and incumbent, Esther Ndyanabo who polled 5,616 votes while DP’s Richard Kyambadde polled 1,889 votes. Others in the race were independent, Suleiman Sempala with 56 votes and FDC’s Vincent Kiggundu who got 46 votes.

Mukambwe said that his election is an indication that people of Mityana were yearning for change in leadership.

In the Parliamentary elections, Mityana voted NUP’s Joyce Bagala as the Woman MP, Francis Zaake as the Mityana Municipality MP and David Lukyamuzi Kalwangwa for Busujju constituency.

Last week, Patrick Mugisha Nshiimye of the National Unity Platform was voted the LCV chairperson seat.

In Mubende municipality, the incumbent and NRM flag bearer Innocent Ssekiziyivu Bakulungelo won with 5,786 votes while independent Geoffrey Natigo polled 5,196 votes. Natigo had vied for the NUP ticket but lost to William Kakinda Matovu who polled 2,114 votes.

Bakulungelo says that he will focus on completion of the municipal market, address land conflict and poor garbage disposal.

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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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