KAMPALA- The National Resistance Movement (NRM) tribunal has officially declared Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana the State Minister for Labor and Gender as the Party flag Bearer for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo District.
Rukutaana will lead the NRM in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.
Hon Rukutana the incumbent area legislator had lost his seat, which he had held for the last 30 years to his main rival Naome Kabasharira the former Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament.
The Minister later challenged the results claiming there was vote rigging and was filmed pulling out his SMG shooting at people in the aftermath.
He was then arrested and charged in courts of law and remanded to Kitalya prisons where he spent ten days
While still on remand, his team petitioned NRM EC Boss Dr Tanga Odoi claiming that the victory of jailed Rukutana was robbed in broad daylight.
Tanga Odoi set up a team to probe the rigging allegations. When Rukutana was bailed out,Tanga Odoi cancelled the victory of Kabasharira and announced Rukutana as the leading candidate and promised to announce the winner in two days.
However, the process took more than a week and there erupted chaos in Ntungamo District in areas of Rubare,Rwahi and Rwentobo where Kabasharira had massive support.
Tanga Odoi did not change his mind as he did in the 1st round and went ahead and declared Rukutana as the nal winner of the seat with a margin of only 20 votes.
Kabashararira petitioned the NRM Tribunal to have Rukutana’s victory nullied. However her appeal did not yield any fruit as NRM tribunal pinned her the last nail in the head and announced Rukutana as the nal winner in NRM Primaries.
“On the whole, the tribunal adds that the respondent Mwesigwa Rukutana was validly elected as NRM Flag Bearer for the position of Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County,” reads part of the NRM Tribunal ruling. It further adds that the petition for the petitioner fails.
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