Kanungu NRM election nullified over malpractices 


Ms Jackline Kyatuhaire [who allegedly won the Kinkiizi West MP flag] welcomes President Museveni to Kanungu

NRM primaries in Kanungu district have been nullified following several reports of election malpractices.

We reported a few days back how military personnel raided a tallying centre in Kanungu district reportedly beating up candidates and their agents.

UPDF soldiers were deployed to Kanungu to offer security during the NRM primaries.

The army started by arresting and beating up minister Chris Baryomunsi’s opponent, Flugence Muhereza, in Kinkiizi East constituency.

The military also raided the tallying centre located at the Kanungu district council in Kinkiizi West sending everyone scampering for their lives.

After the army had taken over the tallying centre, a radio announced that Jackline Kyatuheire had won the Kinkiizi West MP seat replacing Amama Mbabazi.

Kyatuheire was running against Frank Twinomugabe (FDC), Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju, whom Mbabazi trounced in 2011; James Ruggi Kaberuka, the Kihiihi town council district councilor; Julius Mbabazi, the proprietor of Kihiihi Progressive primary school; James Kamwesiga, a former personal political assistant to Mbabazi and Dixon Ampumuza who formerly worked with New Vision.

Kaberuka who was leading in most of the polling stations mysteriously lost the election.

Godwilly Bakiga who was standing for the LC 5 chairperson had 19,256 votes, Josephine Kasya, the incumbent LC5 chairperson of Kanungu district had 27,360 votes which mysteriously reduced to 1,495 votes for Bakiga and 2,320 votes for Kasya after the army take over.

Kasya told Insider on that they later protested the results citing vote rigging.

“It is true the results in Kinkiizi West were nullified. We protested,” she said on phone.

There were earlier reports that Kanungu delegates had boycotted the ongoing Namboole delegates conference over the same but Kasya said it was not true.

“We attended the conference. All Kanungu delegates are here [Namboole].”

Supporters raid district offices

On Sunday, more than 3,000 supporters of those who lost in recent NRM elections in Kanungu gathered at the district premises.

They met the NRM secretariat about the fate of their candidates.

Some of the electorates who talked to our reporter disclosed that there was a lot of intimidation and wondered how someone in a fourth position [Kyatuheire] could be number one.

Yesterday announcements were put on radios calling on supporters to come with their NRM cards to the district.

Those who lost the election claim that there was no transparency in tallying process, tallying of votes in Kinkiizi west was not done and that there was selective harassment of agents by police.

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