KYOTERA, Uganda: The NRM Party in the newly created Kyotera District is yet to have more conflicts especially after the results’ announcement of the concluded elections that were held yesterday at the NRM headquarters in Kyotera Town Council, the Investigator reports.
Today (Wednesday) at 7:30 am, Francis Tumukunde, the acting Kyotera NRM District Registrar announced Kintu Kisekulo the winner with 14653 votes, followed by his immediate rival Charles Lubega Ziriddamu with 8987 votes and Anthony Mugerwa who garnered 4794 votes.
For the Woman MP slot, Racheal Nakitende was declared winner with 16834 votes as her immediate competitor Cissy Nantongo collected 10803 votes. Another competitor Dalia Kibalama scored 4693 votes.
Nakitende vowed to unite the NRM supporters and avoid the divisions because they are one family. “NRM is a family which was electing an heir. My work is therefore to unite all supporters of NRM as I call upon my competitors to join me so that we win the other parties”, she said.
She promised to help the needy and also promote the education and all developmental activities in the baby district.
But on the men side, both losers contested the results, claiming overwhelming malpractices. Ziriddamu jammed to concede the defeat and vowed to be back in the race as an Independent candidate.
Speaking to The Investigator, Ziriddamu said his competitor’s win was soiled with grave malpractices that took place during the elections. “These elections were not fair at all and I can’t believe what Tumukunde just announced”, he said.
Also the outgoing interim District Chairperson who was elected by councilors on 3rd July 2017, Ziriddamu added that his rival’s supportes were so stubborn during the polls, claiming some of his agents were imprisoned whereas others were given a thorough beating as a way of intimidating them.
He henceforth announced to go for nomination as an Independent candidate tomorrow (Thursday 24th August 2017.). On the other end, speaking to the Investigator, Kisekulo decried Ziriddamu’s choice of going independent as a selfish move that would lead to erosion of their Party in the tender district.
He instead pleaded with Ziriddamu, whose supporters he too, accuse of having been violent to the extent of damaging his car, to instead join him in the struggle to have the Party triumph in the main elections. “That is a selfish move aimed at destroying our party. I ask my brother to join me and we steer the party programs forward,” he retorted.
If all goes as announced and the losers concede, the victors are faced with other strong opposition flagbearers. Nakitende will have to compete with FDC’s Philister Nassali Nakato and DP’s Robinah Ssentongo Nakasirye whereas Kisekulo will face DP’s Dr. Tom Darlington Balojja and FDC’s Charles Lubega Ssekabira as well as independent Joseph Kaggwa at the polls slated for 21st September 2017.