KAYUNGA BY-ELECTION: Andrew Muwonge wins District LC5 Seat in highly contested polls

KAYUNGA, UGANDA: The National Ruling Movement – NRM Candidate Andrew Muwonge has emerged the winner of the Kayunga LC5 Chairperson Seat following Thursday’s polls in the district.

According to poll results announced on Friday morning by the district returning officer Ms. Jennifer Kobutungi, Andrew Muwonge garnered a total of 31,830 votes against National Unity Platform’s Harriet Nakwedde who managed 31,308 votes in a highly contested election.

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NRM’s Andrew Muwonge casts his vote on Thursday morning

The NRM win which faces many protestations from the opposition NUP sees the ruling party reclaim the seat from the opposition after barely a year since the late Ffeffeka Muhammad Sserubogo captured the powers.

The seat would later fall vacant after Ffeffeka the then LC5 Chairperson was discovered dead behind his house in Kyebanja village, Kayunga subcounty in a suspected suicide.

Shortly after the declaration, NUP’s Betty Namboze rubbished the government for stepping on the rights of Ugandans and declaring whom she termed a loser Muwonge.

The declaration of results comes amid allegations of ballot stuffing, intimidation of voters, and arrests of polling agents.

The race to fill the vacant LC5 chairperson seat attracted six candidates including National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Harriet Nakwedde who is running a tight race with National Resistance Movement’s Andrew Muwonge. Others were DP’s Anthony Waddimba and independent candidates Majid Nyanzi, Jamir Kamoga, and Boniface Bandikubi.

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