Teargas as Mbabali, Nkonge lose Lwengo polls

mbabali and nkonge

Nkonge and Mbabali

Teargas reigned supreme in Lwengo after NRM supporters turned rowdy during the chaotic NRM primaries.

Worse than teargas was the disturbing losses suffered by Lwengo district NRM party chairman, Hajji Muyanja Mbabali and presidential advisor, Sarah Nkonge.

Mbabali was determined to retain his seat as district NRM chairman while Nkonge wanted the NRM treasurer slot in the same district.

Because of the chaotic scenes that broke out as punctuated by teargas, the Electoral Commission party commissioner for Buganda Region, Jane Ashemelirwe, was forced to connect a phone on loud speakers and announce the results.

Mbabali lost to a Rtd army Capt, Mulindwa Bilimumaaso who polled 149 votes compared to the former’s 123 votes.

During the counting exercise, Capt Mulindwa’s supporters turned violent in a bid to protect their ballots prompting police to fire teargas.

The crowd responded by engaging police in running battles in both Kyazanga and Mbirizi trading centres.

Because of the chaos, Ashemelirwe opted to use a phone connected to speakers and stationed in Mbirizi trading centre to announce the results.

Despite the loss, Haji Mbabaali still offered himself as candidate for Bukoto South constituency MP seat while Nkonge has her eyes set on district woman MP seat.

Mbabali had earlier promised to wrestle Luwero district chairman, Haji Abdu Nadduli, in the race for NRM vice-chairman for central region.

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