BUSHENYI/MITOOMA- The Embattled Mitooma district chairperson Benon Karyaija known to many as Boneza has been declared the Mitooma District LC5 NRM flag bearer in Fridays’ election.
In the poll results announced by the district NRM Registrar Mr. Essau Nuwagira, Karyeija defeated his close opponent Alex Karitundu with 32241 votes.
Karyeija garnered 45,057 votes, Alex Karitundu came 2nd with 12,816, Asiimwe Francis Katsyomezo polled 5,492 votes and Muhwezi Saverino trailed with 2,712 votes.
Yesterday’s winner Karyeija was censured by the Mitooma District councilors on allegations of corruption, abuse of powers and alterations of district plans, and among others.
Some individuals blamed the former Ruhinda County legislator Major General Kahinda Otafiire who is now the Constituency flag bearer to be behind the censure after he had lost his seat to Hon Captain Mugabe Dononzio Kahonda in Ruhinda Constituency Parliamentary race.
According to the report, a tribunal which was chaired by Justice David Matovu, Karyaija was implicated on three counts; hiring a driver without using the district service commission, Selling Murram procurement unit of and Abusing councilors on radios but the case was later dismissed by high court after lacking substantial evidence.
However, the Mitooma district NRM Chairperson Wilberforce Byaboneka said there is still a big challenge as Karyeija will not go to office if he does not sort the court order that was issued to him by court of appeal later in 2018.
The standing order which was recently published by this Online Publication buries Karyeija who is a respondent not to step even 200 meters near the local government offices or to be in office again.
According to Byaboneka, he is suspicious that if Karyeija does not sort the matter out, he will again remain as the party flag bearer but won’t be the district chairperson.
However, Karyeija has on several occasions said that is propaganda being spread by his opponents arguing that he is now free to be in office if people give him their votes.
Mitooma district has been in the hands of Sylvester Tumukurate who was appointed the acting chairperson after the censure of Benon Karyeija.
In a similar development, Asiimwe John Juvenal won Deo Omuhatizi for Buhweju Lc5 NRM Flag bearer while Jaffari Basajjabalaba was declared the Bushenyi district LC5 flag bearer after overwhelmingly defeating his opponents who included Rev Lauben Mugarura among others.
In sheema district, Jemimah Buhanda Tumwijukye won with 25,250 votes equating to 38.0%, Laban Muhabwe 20,212 votes 30.4% whereas the incumbent Kabigumira David tailed 11,509 votes, 16.6 % Mwesigye Elidard 9,967 votes 15.0%.
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