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NRM’s Andrew Muwonge declared new Kayunga LC5 Chairperson

Andrew Muwonge displays his ballot cast after voting on Thursday morning (Photo/Courtesy)

KAYUNGA, UGANDA: The Kayunga District Electoral Officer Ms. Jennifer Kobutungi on Friday morning declared National Ruling Movement – NRM Candidate Andrew Muwonge as the new LC5 chairperson of the district after winning the by-elections held on Thursday.

Muwonge who early this year lost to National Unity Platform -NUP’s Ffeffeka Sserubogo for the same position collected a total of 31,830 votes out of the 388 polling stations in the district. His closes rival – Harriet Nakweede of the NUP garnered 31,308 votes.

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Other candidates in the race were Majid Nyanzi (IND) – 1287 votes, Anthony Waddimba (DP) – 158 votes, Kamoga Jamil (IND) 279 votes, Musisi Bonface Bandikubi (IND) – 470 votes.

According to the electoral tally sheet, out of the 66279 ballots counted, 65332 were valid votes, while 947 ballots were declared invalid, and 91 ballots spoilt.

Andrew Muwonge now replaces the late Ffeffeka Muhammad Sserubogo who died in June this year after just a month in office as the district chairperson. Ffeffeka a member of the NUP was found hanging on a tree behind his home in a suspected suicide, although his party claimed he was murdered and implicated in a suicide situation.

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.

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