President Yoweri Museveni on Friday said hooligans from Kampala and surrounding parts of Rukungiri district contributed to the loss of NRM party in just concluded Rukungiri Women MP by-election.
Museveni said NRM party members and supporters (voters) were intimidated by the hooligans he referred to, further blaming the Uganda Police Force (UPF) for not handling those hooligans.
Besides intimidation on polling day (Thursday) sectarian, tribal and religious sentiments by some political aspirants and their supporters, Museveni thanked NRM’s Winifred Masiko for still winning in 114 polling stations.
In his Friday message, conceding the poll outcome, President Museveni who also doubles as National Chairman of the NRM party thanked the party mobilizers in Rukungiri district for the great job.
“I congratulate you for the good work in electing Woman MP yesterday,” Museveni said.
On Thursday, Rukungiri residents conducted a fresh poll to elect their new district Woman MP after Court of Appeal had ordered it vacant.
The Court of Appeal verdict follows a petition filed by the District Woman MP Elect, Betty Bamukwasta Muzanira against Winifred Masiko’s February 2016 poll victory.
It’s worth noting that both President Museveni, some of his Ministers and NRM top members campaigned massively for Winfred Masiko.
Like Museveni and his team, FDC party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi, former party presidents, Gen. Mugisha Muntu and Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye also camped in Rukungiri for weeks, campaigning energetically for Bamukwasta Betty.
Kiyimba Umar, the Returning Officer of the Rukungiri Electoral District on Friday morning declared FDC’s Bamukwasta as Woman MP Elect after acquiring 50,611 votes. Her rival, Masiko got 46,379 votes.
Kukundakwe Faith and Prisca Mbaguta got 183 and 993 votes respectively.