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Jailed NUP Candidate Wins Elections in Wakiso

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John Bosco Sserunkuma, the imprisoned National Unity Platform die-hard and candidate in Nansana westward, Nansana Municipality has been voted to represent the electoral area in Wakiso District Council.

Sserunkuma is one of the supporters of NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi who were arrested in Kalangala District in December. Although he was granted bail by the court, he was rearrested and paraded before the Military Court in Makindye, where he, and several others were charged with possession of military stores.

However, as the presidential election date drew closer, there were widespread allegations that Sserunkuma had died from the He Kitalya Mini-Max Prison. But the prison service quickly dismissed the claims as false and baseless.

Stephen Mukalazi, one of Sserunkuma’s agents, notes that his arrest not only caused chaos among his support base from the electoral area but weakened the campaigning activities. Mukalazi further adds the death allegation also struck them with shock as many people remained uncertain on whether he was still alive.

“How can we vote for a dead man?” many of the voters reportedly said when approached by the campaign team in pursuit for votes, according to Mukalazi. They were also uncertain about the situation until they visited Kitalya to confirm what their candidate was still alive and in sound.

Godfrey Simbwa, a friend to Sserunkuma says that during his absence, several NUP supporters and leaders in the areas vigorously campaigned for him and also paid agents who were at each polling station on his behalf.

Sserunkuma obtained 2,343 Votes while his main challenger Kibirige Kasule of the Democratic Party who git only 480 votes.

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By: URN

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Radio Presenter Peter Kasolo Wins Jinja City Mayor Race

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Peter Kasolo, a candidate for the National Unity Platform has been declared winner of the Jinja City Mayoral Race. He polled 11,899 votes, to defeat Frank Nabwiso of the Forum for Democratic Change -FDC who scored 10, 398 votes and Robert Kanusu of the National Resistance Movement who had 9,810 votes.

The other candidate Ivan Tibenkana, of the Democratic Party polled 8,327 votes, Alliance for National Transformation-ANT’s Rose Kalembe got 364 votes, and independent candidates; Julius Zziwa scored 1,802 votes, Mohamed Ntuyo had 592 votes, Joseph Bamwite polled 259 votes, Joseph Agaba 203 votes, and Jeff Bidandi 290 votes.

Jinja City Returning Officer Jennipher Kobutungi tasked all dissatisfied candidates to seek court redress

Kasolo told journalists after his declaration that the Mayoral Seat is evidence for the selfless support towards NUP’s leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and other party flag-bearers. He however, hailed Electoral Commission officials for withstanding the intimidation to declare the rightful candidates.

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Two Police Officers Shot at Rukiga District Tally Centre

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Vote Tallying came to a standstill last night at Rukiga district Tally Centre when a police officer shot two of his colleagues. The incident occurred at around 11:15 p.m.

The exercise held at Rwamucucu sub-county council hall in Rushebeya was peaceful until the female police officer started shooting rapidly. The spark for the incident remains unclear. In the process, two people were shot and Injured. One is a male police officer who was donning civilian attire and another Special Police constable who was on duty at the time of the incident.

Kigezi Police Spokesperson Elly Maate identified the suspect as Hamida Ssali and the victims as Titus Muhumuza Titus, a crime intelligence officer who was shot in the leg and Felix Ariho, a special Police Constable. They are both attached to Rukiga Central Police Station.

Rukiga District Police Commander Aggrey Okum disarmed the officer before she was arrested. Victims were rushed in the police pick up while the suspect was detained at Rukiga police station. 

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