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2021 Polls: A Breakdown of the Mayoral Races in Ten Newly Created Cities



Over 40 candidates from different political parties and independent tickets will be contesting for mayorship in the ten newly created Cities, a ChimpReports mini-survey indicates.

According to this survey, 21 candidates out of the 40 will be contesting on different tickets of; National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda people’s Congress (UPC), Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), the National Unity Platform (NUP), the Democratic Party (DP) and the rest are independent candidates.

In the Cities of Eastern Uganda, 15 candidates will be facing off with; eight (08) vying for Mbale City, Three (03) for Jinja City and four (04) in Soroti City.

In Western Uganda, 12 candidates will be contesting with; five (05) in Mbarara City, four (04) in Hoima and three (03) in Fort Portal.

In Northern Uganda and West Nile, 13 candidates have expressed interests with; four in Arua City, five in Gulu and four in Lira City.

In Central Uganda (Masaka City), three candidates have expressed interest.

3% of the incumbent mayors who lost during their party primaries have bounced back as independents and these are; Mutwalibi Zandya Mafabi who lost to Cassim Namugali in FDC primaries in Mbale, Isa Kato lost to Sam Nyakua in NRM primaries in Arua and Mary Grace Mugasa lost to Brian Kaboyo in NRM primaries in Hoima Cities respectively.

Upon his loss, Zandya said, “You voted well but they counted in their own way. It is simple, my people don’t worry I am still here to serve you and shall come as an independent.”

Two incumbents have just pulled out of the race and these are; Godfrey Kayembe in Masaka will be joining the MP race in the newly created Kitunsi Constituency in Masaka district and Majid Batambuze in Jinja City.

Who will contest where

Mbale City

Eight candidates were nominated for this position and these are; Mutwalibi Zandya (independent), the incumbent who was defeated during the FDC party primaries, ending his party flag dominancy which he has held since 2011.

Zandya lost to a businessman Cassim Namugali in the tight race but refused to concede defeat.

Namugali scored 66 votes, followed by Zandya with 15 and Silagi trailed with 11 votes.

NRM fronted Vincent Magombe, who won the race. William Masai and Abdu Magoola who were not satisfied with Magombe’s victory also bounced back as independents.

NUP has fronted Abbas Wetaka to face off with these four. Two other candidates; Karim Wodero and Abedi Mwenyi also joined as independents. It remains to be seen who among these will subdue the others.

Jinja City

The former UPC die hard who later defected to the ruling NRM, Robert Kanusu, will be facing off with FDC’s Frank Nabwiso. The incumbent Majid Batambuze will not be coming back for this race.

The two will be facing off with popular comedian Alton Kasolo alias Swengere who was given the NUP party ticket. Despite the NUP popularity in urban areas, political observers say that the major competition in this City is between FDC and NRM.


Soroti District Boss, George Micheal Eguyu won the NRM ticket to oust FDC’s Paul Omer who is currently holding the throne. The two have been joined by Alias Ejoku from NUP and Peter Ojur who has come on an independent ticket.

Ojur was defeated by Omer in the 2016 general polls on the same seat.


The competition has been stormed by four major candidates; Robert Odongokalu from DP, George Labeja, the incumbent from NRM, Patrick Oola of FDC, Walter Odong-Wee-Yoo from UPC and the former Gulu District Secretary Works and Technical Services, Alex Otim on an independent ticket.

In this region, the major competition is between NRM and UPC, according to political observers.


Four candidates; Isa Kato the incumbent (independent), Sam Nyakua (NRM), Micheal Agonda (NUP) and Aslk Charles on independent ticket are taking on the Arua mayoral race.

Kato was defeated by Nyakua in a tight race where he scored 19,000 votes against Nyakua’s 21,300 votes. He later bounced back as an independent, after querying the voting process which he said was unfair and marred with corruption, violence and bribery.


UPC’s Micheal Ogwaye Veve, the incumbent, will face off with Willy Omodo Omodo from NRM, Denis Ongom Ayeng from NUP and Sam Atu alias Tulman on the independent ticket.

In this region, the major competition is between UPC and NRM, according to political observers.


Robert Mugabe alias Kakyebazi from NRM defeated his two contenders during the NRM Primaries to retain the flag for the 2021 race.

In a tight race, Mugabe scored 36,116 votes, beating his two contenders; Herbert Kamugisha who polled 9,303 votes and Justus Karuhanga who got 1,234 votes.

Mugabe will face off with Stanley Katembeyi from FDC, Vicent Norman from Alliance for National Transformation, Albert Atukunda and Apollo Kibira on independent tickets.

Fort Portal

Edison Asaba Ruyonga, the former three terms mayor of Fort Portal Municipality (between 2001 and 2016) bounced back in the NRM polls to defeat his competitor P. Kasande, to win the NRM flag for the same seat. Ruyonga polled 17,328 votes against Kasande’s 7,241 votes.

Ruyonga will be facing off with Rev. Will Kintu Muhanga (Independent), who defeated him in the 2016 general polls. The two have been joined by Robert Bwayo fron ANT.


Brian Kaboyo defeated the incumbent, Mary Grace Mugasa, to win the NRM flag for this position in the 2021 polls. Kaboyo polled 11,074 votes followed by Mugasa, who polled 8,459 votes and a one Fredrick trailed with 1,067 votes.

Mugasa, who queried the polls results, has since bounced back as an independent candidate in the general elections.

NUP fronted Dan Ssemoboe to join the race while Rogers Abwoli Amanyire will also be contesting as an independent.


Godfrey Kayemba, the incumbent mayor, pulled out from the City mayoral race and has since opted to represent the newly created Kitunsi County in the 11th Parliament.

The race has since been joined by Andrew Lukyamuzi Batyemeito from NUP, Florence Namuyanja from DP and Emmanuel Kaweesa Lwasa on an independent ticket.


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Mbale: Wanyoto Files 123 Affidavits Petitioning Court to Nullify Galiwango’s Victory




Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, former National Chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Women’s League, has petitioned the High Court in Mbale demanding for the nullification of the victory of Connie Nakayenze Galiwango who won the Mbale City Woman MP race in the January 14 polls.

Wanyoto, who held the NRM ticket, was floored by her hereditary competitor and incumbent Woman MP of Mbale District, Galiwango, who defeated her with a range of over 20,000 votes.

Galiwango was declared the winner, after scoring 40,702 votes (53.2%) followed by Wanyoto who got 25,276 votes (33%).

Other candidates in the race were; Robinah Masibo from the National Unity Platform party (NUP) who got 6565 votes, Maimuna Nambuya with 1852 votes, Shadia Luwungule, who had lost in the NRM primaries got 1382 votes while Racheal K Nansubuga trailed with 643 votes.

Galiwango, who had lost the NRM ticket to Wanyoto, decided to come back as an Independent candidate in the final race, citing discrepancies in the primaries.

Days after declaration of the winner, Wanyoto told reporters in a press conference at her home that her victory had been robbed by Galiwango whom she accused of ordering the brutalization of her (Wanyoto’s) polling agents.

“My polling agents from Bugema, Nakaloke, Bukasakya and Bungokho-Mutoto sub counties were beaten by the supporters of Nakayenze and destroyed my DR forms. I can’t accept the results and we are going to Courts of Law to challenge this because I believe that I won the race but the Electoral Commission declared a wrong person,” she said.

Wanyoto interacting with the electorate during the campaigns in January 2021.

In her election petition filed to Mbale High Court yesterday March 2, Wanyoto filed 123 affidavits, which she said contained all the evidence that is enough to nullify the victory and order for vote recount.

Her lawyers lead by Eddy Mauso Ngule of N Mugoda Advocates told reporters shortly after filing the petition that they are sure of winning the case basing on the evidence they have presented.

“The entire voting process was hijacked by the second respondent, beating, intimidating, ferrying materials, tampering with materials, our evidence (videos and photographs) shows how boxes were opened,” Ngule said.

He added that within ten days, the Court is likely to set the first hearing date of the Case if Galiwango’s side responds to their affidavits.

“Within ten days, they will have filed their replies and if they don’t, the Court will determine the matter but if they have their replies, then the Court shall set the date for first hearing,” he noted.

Wanyoto has paraded three law firms; N Mugoda Advocates, Springs Advocates and Mugabi Shaka Advocates, in this particular case.

“As NRM party, we are going to use all means of regaining our victory,” she said.


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Bobi Wine Petition Takeover: Court Advises Mayambala to Hire Lawyers, File Formal Application




Former presidential candidate Willy Mayambala has been advised to seek the services of a lawyer to enable him file a formal application to take over a presidential election petition that has been abandoned by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

The advice from the Supreme Court follows a letter written by Mayambala on Thursday seeking to be guided on how he can take over the petition which Kyagulanyi was withdrawing from the court.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) lost interest in the petition after failing to submit several affidavits which they had collected from various parts of the country as proof that the election cycle was characterized by violence, bribery, alteration of results, and intimidation among others.

Kyagulanyi also cited the abduction and torture of witnesses, interference with his privacy by security operatives whom he said were working on the command of President Yoweri Museveni and the Attorney General who are the first and third respondents to the petition.

However, the registrar of the Supreme Court Harriet Nalukwago Ssali said that Mayambala needs to follow procedures laid out in the Presidential Elections Act to inherit the petition.

Section 61(2) of the Presidential Election Act provides that on hearing of the application for withdrawing, any candidate who might have been a petitioner in respect of the election to which the petitioner refers may apply to the court to be substituted as a petitioner for the petitioner who desires to withdraw.”

The registrar advised Mayambala to seek the services of a lawyer with a view of filing a formal application. But Mayambala told URN that he had not yet seen the letter, and could not comment further on the matter or even engage any legal teams beforehand.

Mayambala who polled the least votes in a race that attracted 11 candidates had previously said that he was happy with the outcome of the January 14, 2021, general elections that saw the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni announced the winner with 68 percent. He said that he had no intentions of challenging the Electoral Commission results issued by Justice Simon Byabakama.

When Kyagulanyi filed his application for withdrawing on Wednesday, a panel of nine Supreme Court Justices led by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo advised him to submit an affidavit from one of his lawyers supporting the withdrawal. The Registrar of the Supreme Court will now publish a copy of the application in the Uganda Gazette, in line with the laws governing the withdrawal of presidential election petitions.





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21 Newly Elected MPs Under Police Investigation Over Altered DR Forms




The Criminal Investigations Department is investigating 21 newly elected Members of Parliament for allegedly altering declaration forms and forging academic papers.

A senior detective at CID headquarters Kibuli says that the electoral and political offences department headed by Henry Mugumya is investigating MPs from 11 districts.

The source has named some of the districts whose elected MPs risk being arraigned before courts of law. Some of these districts include, Kween, Wakiso, Namayingo, Namisindwa, Kikuube and four others from the West Nile sub-region.

“Investigations have started with 21 MPs while six others are pending. The MPs are major members of the National Resistance Movement-NRM which is being accused by the electorate and rivals of forging academic papers and bribing presiding officers who altered results on DR forms. There is already evidence to support these allegations,” CID source said.

When contacted, Mugumya declined to give details saying information regarding all the electoral and political offences of the recently concluded general elections will at an appropriate time be shared through the police spokespersons.

A CID source further revealed that all investigations commanders in districts where elected MPs are being probed have been warned to dare not succumb to bribes. It is alleged that some of the MPs have learnt about the on-going investigations and are attempting to frustrate the process.

“Our team has submitted some DR forms to our Directorate of Forensic Science and some politicians were declared winners with altered results. Our team will get reports from document analysts and prosecutors will use them as evidence,” the source said.

The Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya said they have no business with investigations being done by a recognized agency like CID. Bukenya adds that DR forms are public documents that can be used by any person at any time.

Sources said at least 200 DR forms for the various electoral process are being examined by Directorate of Forensic Science-DFS based at Naguru police headquarters. DFS is headed by Superintendent of Police –SP Andrew Mubiru.





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