Early results in Friday, September 4 primaries for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag-bearers for MP seats indicated massive ‘casualties’ for the big boys and girls including senior ministers.
In Bushenyi, early results indicated that General Duties Minister Mary Karooro Okurut was headed for an overwhelmingly defeat to newcomer Annet Katusiime Mugisha, who won in all sub-counties of the district, including Kyabugimbi, Kyeizooba, Bumbaire and Bitooma.
In Sheema, Science Minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye was headed for defeat for the Sheema Municipality flag against former Commissioner for Customs at the Uganda Revenue Authority, moneybag Dickson Kateshumbwa.
In Koboko, Dr. Charles Ayume was ahead of Investments Minister Evelyn Anite, though the race was too close to call. With 36 of the 36 polling stations counted, Ayume led with 5,988 votes to Anite’s 4,917.
In Kazo, Molly Kamukama, the Economic Monitoring Minister and former Principal Private Secretary to President Museveni was too trailing Jennifer Muheesi.
The NRM went to primaries on Friday with the police flagging off Sheema, Sembabule, Koboko and 12 other districts as potential hotspots of violence. Others flagged as hotspots include Kassanda, Kazo, Bundibugyo, Sironko, Mbale, Hoima, Koboko, Adjumani, Kashongi, Kampala, Wakiso and Hoima
Preliminary Results Winners Teso Region
Moses Edonu thumps Akuwan Owanyi
Philip Oucor annihilates Bishop Patrick Okabe
Fred Opolot wins against Opit Okojjo
Achayo Juliet Lodou sends David Abala back home
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Minister Peter Ogwang wins against Augustine Otuko.
Dr Opolot Okaasai parades the Tisai fish before losers!
Former Minister Amongin Aporu drops a bombshell!
Ikojo still breathing fire!
Patrick Isiagi Opolot cruises through
Richard Elimu in a comfortable lead
In Western Uganda:
Minister Jim Muhwezi has won the NRM primaries in Rujumbura, Rukungiri District, with a landslide of 80%, a huge step forward in reclaiming the area MP seat in the 2021 elections.
Muhwezi emerged victorious with 27,199 votes against Julius Muhuruzi’s 4,565 (13.3%).
Venansio Natuhwera came third with 2,134 votes, representing 6.2% of the total vote count.
Alex Mugisha trailed with 269 votes (0.7%).
The area NRM EC registrar, Jackson Kiiza Mugarura, announced Muhwezi’s victory at around 4:00am on Saturday.
“I therefore declare the highest number of votes 27,199 representing 80% of the votes the duly elected NRM flag bearer for Rujumbura County Member of Parliament 2020,” said Registrar Mugarura.
SHEEMA – Science and Technology Minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye has been defeated for the Sheema Municipality flag against former Commissioner for Customs at the Uganda Revenue Authority, moneybag Dickson Kateshumbwa.
According to the provisional results, Mr. Kateshumbwa got 22,908 votes while Minister Tumwesigye got 15,169 of the vote.
Former local government PS Patrick Mutabwire 1,570 while Mr. David Kamukama got 281.
Dr Tumwesigye, who is the incumbent Sheema municipality MP, went to August House after the July 27, 2018 by-election.
Before beating Ms Plan Virginia Mugyenyi of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the general elections, the legislator had already beaten seven contenders in the NRM primaries.
However, this time round, it’s not going to be an easy ride for Dr Tumwesigye’s re-election on NRM ticket.
Mr Kateshumbwa recently donated sanitary pads to girls, distributed food items to vulnerable families, and fenced the matooke market and gave Kiziba Muslim community a water tank.
While returning from the nomination exercise in Kampala on August 9, Mr Kateshumbwa made a triumphant entry into Sheema Municipality.
KOBOKO – Investments Minister Evelyn Anite has conceded defeat to Dr. Charles Ayume in the acrimonious battle for flagbearer of the ruling NRM party for Koboko Municipality.
Speaking to media on Friday afternoon, Ms Anite, a controversial figure in the West Nile elections said even though there were malpractices, she would accept the outcome.
“The election has been full of chaos. My agents have been beaten up, they have ferried people to come and disorganize us,” she said.
Dr. Ayume garnered 8,089 while Ms Anite got 7,321.
Asked if she will petition the party over the irregularities, Ms Anite said she would accept the loss because politics isn’t “a matter of life and death”.
Ms Anite says she will not contest as independent candidate.
”For what? I will won’t,” she said.
In Bukono county in Namutumba the National Resistance Movement NRM electoral commission ealier canceled the NRM Primary polls for Bukono county in Namutumba district after a polling agent was reported killed.
Dr. Tanga Odoi the EC Chairperson says the deceased whose details are still scanty is was an agent for the incumbent state minister for lands Persis Namuganza who is vying for the Bukono county NRM MP seat.
Odoi says the police has started investigations and arrests will be made in relation to the death of the agent.
Mbarara Municipality MP Michael Tusiime has this Friday conceded defeat in the NRM primaries pitting him against businessman Mwesigwa Rukaari. “I didn’t have to follow today’s results because this was not an election,” Tusiime told Mbarara City News, adding, “As a cadre I am worried of my party.’
Preliminary results show Rukaari leading in the primaries.
Tusiime, just like Evelyne Anite who lost to Charles Ayume today, also decried the poor management of the electoral exercise.
President Museveni, who also is the NRM chairman, yesterday said all NRM members should vote irrespective of whether their names appeared in the party register.
“Any NRM member whose name is not on the party register shall be immediately added to the register and permitted to vote if,” he said.
“Where there are no registers, the Branch (Village) Executive Committee shall verify and register all members eligible to vote.”
This has since caused confusion with some MPs saying opposition members participated in today’s exercise.
“There can never be a credible election without a register,” said Tusiime.
“People were ferried from Nakivale refugee camp at night. Buses poured people in Mbarara to vote. People were supposed to vote spontaneously but this did not happen. One could vote from one polling station and then rush to another. We have a lot of things to do improve our system in the NRM,” he added.
Tusiime has served as MP for the last five years.
He warned that unless measures are taken to rectify contradictions in the party, “other parties can take advantage of this.”
He also accused what he described as a “corrupt gang” of people whose names he didn’t mention for “fighting me from the beginning to the end. They ganged up against me for fighting corruption. I didn’t know that when you do good things, some people fight you.”
Tusiime further blamed his loss on supporting the lifting of the presidential age limit by Parliament that allowed Museveni to seek another term in office.
“For those of us who supported the changing the Constitution, we were targeted. But if that was the price to pay, I am glad I paid it. I didn’t betray my president. I didn’t betray NRM,” said Tusiime.
On his part, Rukaari told Mbarara City News that, “It is almost done. The election is almost over.”
Hundreds of people have congratulated him on the victory.
He pledged to work for further development of Mbarara city and economically empower youth and women.
Rukaari, who represents entrepreneurs in NRM’s Central Executive Committee, had also pledged to the people of Mbarara his commitment to improve the infrastructure in the city.
Rukaari organised sports events including car rallies to woo the youth in the city.
Tusiime ruled out standing as an Independent in the general elections.
“As a cadre, I can’t do that. I have enough credentials to serve my country in another capacity. Serving the people of Mbarara is an achievement,” said Tusiime.
“I have set a challenge for the incoming MP. This includes fighting corruption, maintaining a high level of integrity and developing the city,” he emphasised
Frank Tumwebaze has won Kibale East constituency NRM Primaries with a staggering 81% of the total vote county.
The result puts him in a good position to retain his MP seat in the 2021 elections.
Tumwebaze, who garnered 34,925 votes, was followed by Justus Kato Bahati who went home with 5,086 votes.
Dickens Asasira settled for a paltry 2, 806 votes.
The constituency registered 42,817 voters.
“I therefore declare Frank Tumwebaze Kagyigyi who has polled the highest number of votes (34,925) representing 81.6% as the duly elected NRM flag bearer for Kibale constituency Kamwenge District Member of Parliament 2020,” said Asuman Mugisha, the NRM Registrar, Kamwenge District.
In his victory speech, Tumwebaze observed: “From the deep bottom of my heart, I express my profound gratitude to the great people of Kibale East for this bold and clear Vote of confidence of 82%.”
Ethics and Integrity Minister Fr. Simon Lokodo has lost the NRM MP primaries race in Dodoth West, Karenga District.
Lokodo, a controversial figure, was defeated by Baatom Ben Koryang who previously worked as a District Community Development Officer in the same District.
Baatom emerged victorious with 2,932 votes while Lokodo came second with 2,632.
A one Daniel Lokong Ngole trailed with 1501 votes.
The Member of Parliament for Ruhinda North constituency, Thomas Tayebwa has won the National Resistance Movement party primary elections to retain his seat in Parliament.
According to final results declared by the Mitoma district NRM election officer, Tayebwa won with a landslide victory of 80.7% after garnering 28,427 votes.
Tayemwa’s only rival, got 5,496 votes, which is equivalent of 19.3%, and Tayebwa won in all the four sub-counties of Rutookye 80.3%, Kanyabwanga 80.2%, Kiyanga 83.8% and Bitereko 78.2%.
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo Hassim has defeated the Budiope East Member of Parliament, Dhamuzungu Geoffrey in the National Resistance Movement primary elections.
Moses Magogo was declared winner after polling 59,951 which is 79.6% of the total 75,290 votes cast.
The incumbent Dhamuzungu Geoffrey came second with 13,756 votes representing only 18.2% followed by Mr. Takozekibi David Geofrey who polled 920 votes representing 1.2%.
Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has lost the National Resistance Movement-NRM primaries in Busiro North constituency to incumbent MP Dennis Ssozi Galabuzi.
According to the results tallied at Wakiso NRM district headquarters, Galabuzi polled 16,643 while Prof. Bukenya got 7,642 votes, and the third contestant Dr Daniel Kyabayinze got 211 votes.
This was the second time that the duo faced off in the party primaries having competed in the same race in 2015 primaries which Galabuzi won with a decisive margin. However, although Bukenya lost, he went on to contest as an independent candidate in the general election.
The election in the constituency was characterized by chaos and accusation of voter bribery and inclusion of non-party members in the register which led to fights at different polling stations. For instance, in Namuyumba town council Prof Bukenya lost control and tore the register.
Chaotic scenes also saw a delay in the tallying of results as the agents of the aspirants submitted declaration forms with unmatching results from several polling stations. The returning officer and police officer spent several hours harmonizing the contest
UPDATE | MASAKA
Six incumbent members of parliament from districts in Greater Masaka sub region, have lost in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primary elections. They include among others, Haji Muhammad Muyanja Mbabali, the Bukoto South MP.
Mbabali lost to Abdul Kiyimba who garnered 8,544 votes against 5,547. His Bukoto West counterpart, Abdul Kitatta also lost to Muyanja Ssentaayi. Kitatta collected 1,936 votes against 9,182 votes garnered by his rival. Joseph Muyomba Kasozi, the Bukoto Mid-West MP and Secretary of the NRM parliamentary caucus also lost to Isaac Ssejjoba Mayanja who garnered 17,036 votes against 12,611 votes.
Ruth Katushabe, the incumbent Bukomansimbi North MP suffered defeated to Hajj Idi Lubyayi Kisiki with 8,443 votes against 6,167 votes. In Lyantonde district, the incumbent Kabula county MP, James Kakooza lost to his rival Enos Asiimwe Kinywamachunde who garnered 15,021 votes against 3,876.
In Rakai district, Gaviira Ssemwanga defeated the incumbent, Buyamba County MP, Amos Mandela who scored 17,326 votes against 43,459. Kakooza, who went to parliament as an independent candidate after losing party primaries in 2016, before deciding his next course of action.
In Rushenyi County, Ntungamo District, Mr Rukutana’s reign as the area’s legislator at least on the NRM card came to a shattering end when he was defeated by Ms Naome Kabasharira, the former Ntungamo Woman MP (1993-1996 (NRC), 1996-2001, and 2011-2016).
In Ibanda Municipality, Prof Vanasius Baryamureeba, who had promised to give up his salary to his constituents, couldn’t even come second. The municipality was taken by Tarsis Rwaburindore, while Mr Dues Mulinde came second.
In Cua East, Kitgum District, the State minister for International Affairs, Mr Henry Oryem Okello, was lagging behind Geoffrey Lowa. For Kitgum Municipality seat, the incumbent, Ms Beatrice Anywar Atim, who also doubles as minister of Water and Environment, was defeated by youthful Henry Kissinger Oryem. There were reports that Ms Anywar had pulled out of the race on grounds that her name wasn’t on the NRM’s party register.
For Kitgum District Woman MP, Ms Lillian Aber by press time was defeating incumbent Margaret Lamwaka Odwar.
The supporters of Ms Aber were already jubilating even before the EC declared the final results, expected to be out by midday today.
In Gulu East, Ms Nancy Atimango was leading Christine Atimango while in Gulu West, Mr Robert Roy Olara was leading Charles Kilara. The NRM registrar George Avola, told Saturday Monitor the elections were peaceful.
“Our candidates exhibited discipline through the campaigning period and on voting day, we have not registered any case of violence,’’ he said.
Ms Atimango, who won the Gulu East flag, said it has through been hard work that she has been able to win.
“The primaries are over now; I’m ready for the main race,’’ she said.
For Gulu Woman District MP, Ms Betty Atim was leading with 1,006 votes with Ms Sharon Laker Balmoyi coming second with 709, while Ms Mary Auma had 136 votes.
In Aswa County, Mr Simon Wokorach had won by 1,006 votes, while Peter Komakech could only fetch a miserable 43 votes.
In Kagoma North, provisional results indicated that Mr Alex Kintu Brandon, was leading with 70 per-cent of the votes.
Others in the race include, former MP Fredrick Mbagadi Nkayi and Buyengo Sub-county chairperson Lawrence Talugenda.
In Jinja South West constituency, incumbent MP Moses Grace Balyeku was leading with 60 per-cent of the votes counted. Others in the race included Mr Emmanuel Joram, Mr Kamugisha, Mr John Menya, and Pastor Ibra Omaido.
For the Jinja City Woman MP seat, the winner could not be established by press time as three candidates were running neck and neck. They included Ms Annet Mukisa, Ms Leah Naigaga, and Ms Irene Milka Sobya.
Others in the race include Ms Mary Namuyomba, Ms Nusura Juma Nabukalu, and Ms Esther Mirembe.
Former State Minister for Trade Nathan Igeme Nabeta, for Jinja South East Constituency, was in the lead, followed by Jinja Mayor Majidu Batambuze, Pastor Tom Ngobi was in the third position.
In Jinja North, three candidates, including incumbent Nelson Lufafa, Muhamad Bidondole and Azizi Nagayi were neck and neck.
In Luuka District, the Minister for the Presidency, Ms Esther Mbayo, was leading two others, including Ms Olivia Namwase, and Ms Evelyn Naume Kabule.
Bunya West in Mayuge District – the State Minister for Agriculture Aggrey Bagiire was in the lead.
Mayuge District Woman MP seat – the former State Minister for Gender Ms Lukia Nakadama, was locked in a tight race with the incumbent Juliet Zabwe.
Bunya South in Mayuge District – Idi Isabirye was in the lead, defeating incumbent MP Robert Ntende.
Iganga Woman District – Sauda Kauma Alibawo was in the lead, defeating incumbent MP Brenda Asiimwe.
Kaliro District Woman seat – Brenda Namukose was leading, beating incumbent MP Margaret Mbeiza.
Iganga Municipality MP-the incumbent MP Peter Mugema Panadol was losing to the widower of late Iganga Woman MP Hailat Kaudha – Mr Abdulrahim Ali Bawazir Toto.
In Bukooli North, Bugiri District, Mr Gaster Kyawa Mugoya, the incumbent MP, was losing to former MP Steven Bakka Mugabi.
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