NTUNGAMO- Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana has been declared the winner in the Rushenyi County NRM Primaries race
According to NRM EC Chairperson Tanga Odoi, Rukutana got 25,310 votes beating Naome Kabasharira who attained 25,290 votes
The State Minister of Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana, who was earlier this month announced to have lost to Kabasharira with only 40 votes, has been declared the winner with a difference of 20 votes.
The Ntungamo district NRM election officer Mirembe Maria on Saturday 5th/Sept/2020 declared Kabasharira the winner with 24,006 votes against Rukutana’s 23,966 votes. The declaration form was however not signed by Rukutana’s agent, who out rightly disagreed with the results.
Rushenyi registered one of the fiercest moments in the NRM primaries. Rukutana, in the same election was charged with attempted murder, stealing a gun and other charges following the recording that went viral on social media as he was grabbing a gun from his bodyguards to faceoff with a group from his opponent’s side, who had blocked his way
What Really Happened?
Rubaare sub-county, Rukutana’s stronghold, was the epicenter of both electoral confusion and violence in Rushenyi county. It started with the Rubaare NRM registrar, Mr. Dan Ninsiima disappearing with the register on the voting day on Friday 4th/sept/2020 forcing the election in the sub-county to be postponed to the next day on Saturday 5th/Sept/2020.
The sub-county was reportedly taken over by “high-level” security personnel never seen or experienced in the area before according to the petition that was handed over to the NRM E.C headquarters.
The election in Rubaare was then conducted on Saturday 5th/ Sept/2020 in the absence of the register and the registrar. The registrar reportedly returned in the evening when the results were being declared, under “tight security”.
Rukutana’s team stated in their petition a result from one village was changed to deny Rukutana 157 votes. “In Kateba village, Rubaare sub-county, Hon. Rukutana got 174 votes against Naome Kasharira’s 102 votes but we (Rukutana) were only given 17 in the tally,” said part of the petition. It is also stated that results from 13 villages were not yet included in the final results when the presiding officer rushed to declare it.
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