RUSHENYI- Voters in Rushenyi have protested a decision by the NRM Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi to cancel the triumph of Naome Kabasharira as MP flag bearer for Rushenyi county arguing that the commission is taking sides in the county elections.
The protesters who converged in Rwentobo town council about 40km from Ntungamo town carried placards asking for President Museveni’s intervention in the matter, condemning the acts of Dr Tanga Odoi and also asking the NRM electoral commission to be truthful on the matter.
The over 500 protesters turned violent and started throwing different items into the Ntungamo Kabale road and burning tires in the middle of the road, consequently blocking the traffic flow.
“Mr Tanga Odoi, be fair on Rushenyi elections, Naome is the winner, NRM Oyeee,” “His excellence help us, Naome is our flag bearer” “Naome was my Choice” Dr Tanga Odoi, please consider the voice of the people of Rushenyi, Naome Oyee” “Stop making decisiond for us, we voted Naome” are some of the words written on the placards the Protesters carried.
Police shot live ammunition in the air to disperse the protesters after about 45 minutes of closure of the road that is the main road to Kabale, Kisoro, Rwanda and DR Congo through Ntungamo.
On Tuesday, Dr Tanga Odoi started recounting the votes from Rushenyi County announcing at the end of first day of recounting that Mr Rukutana who was also granted bail by court in Ntungamo over attempted murder resulting from the electoral violence in the same contested votes was leading Ms Naome Kabasharira by 4 votes from the recount. He however said he was giving the final verdict on Thursday after inquiries.
The Ntungamo NRM elections officer Ms Maria Mirembe Baitwa on September 6 announced Ms Kabasharira as winner of the Rushenyi county NRM flag with 24006 votes only 40 votes ahead of Mr Rukutana’s 23966 votes.
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