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Drama as Outgoing Entebbe mayor refuses to handover office

Mr Fabrice Rulinda swears in as Entebbe Municipality mayor at Entebbe municipal head offices on May 18, 2021. Photos/ Eve Muganga

The outgoing Entebbe municipality mayor, Mr Vicent Kayanja DePaul has declined to handover his report to Mr Fabrice Rulinda who was on Tuesday sworn in as his successor.

Mr Kayanja did not only fail to hand over the report but also shunned Mr Rulinda’s swearing in ceremony.

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It’s alleged that Kayanja was forcefully ejected from office as he was still pursuing his court case challenging Mr Rulinda’s victory.

When contacted, Kayanja said,” There’s no way I can hand over the report to a thief. My victory was robbed. I remained with the report because it is mine since I am the one who won [the election]. So the report has to be mine.”

Mr Kayanja further told this reporter that he had already filed a case challenging Mr Rulinda’s victory.

“We are just waiting for the court to set a hearing date,” he added when contacted on phone.

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Former Entebbe Mayor Vincent Kayanja DePaul (File Photo / Courtesy)

Meanwhile, Mr Rulinda was sworn in alongside Entebbe Municipal councilors by Entebbe Grade one Magistrate Naomi Sikoyi as Kayanja’s successor.

“I am aware of the power available in collaboration, relying on the fact that no one human being knows it all. With the swearing in today, the dice has been cast. I’m open to work with everybody. My leadership is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. We start afresh. I don’t care if you are Democratic Party (DP), National Resistance Movement (NRM), National Unity Platform (NUP) or Independent; as long as you are residents of Entebbe, you’re my brother and my sister,” Mr Rulinda said.

Mr Rulinda pledged to transform Entebbe Municipality during his five-year term.

“I am under no illusion that I can do this alone. I am but one. We have seen the spirit of togetherness during the campaign and during the pandemic. We saved lives, we comforted others. We pulled through together. As such, I am reaching out to friends, and loved ones. I am reaching out to institutions, both local and international to join us in succeeding with our vision,” he said.

Mr Rulinda, an Independent candidate, was declared winner of the January mayoral polls replacing Mr Kayanja (DP) who served two terms as mayor of the municipality.

While announcing results in January, EC officials said Mr Rulinda got 6,703 votes, followed by Micheal Mutebi Kabwama (NRM) with 6,342 votes against Mr Kayanja’s 5,576 votes. Ms Olive Nassuna (NUP) bagged 2,499 votes while Mohammed Kawuma, the former MP for Entebbe municipality trailed with got 521 votes.

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