THE Police has deployed heavily in Mbarara Municipality after the NRM party poll results were declared.
The southwestern region police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, said the Police will continue patrolling Mbarara town as long as they feel there is still tension in the town.
She asked people to continue doing their business, explaining that the deployment is there to keep peace in the town.
Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo was declared the NRM flag-bearer for the Mbarara MP seat. He got 6,162 votes and Tusiime Michael got 6,095. James Tweheyo, in third position, got 2,542 votes. They were eight candidates contesting for the seat.
Supporters of Tusiime Michael camped day and night at the NRM offices in Kakyeka for three days demanding results to be announced. They claimed that their candidate (Tusiime) was the winner.
This prompted NRM registrar Capt. Esau Tisasira to declare partial results, which showed Tusiime was leading Bitekyerezo and other candidates. Results for Market Cell in Nyamityobora ward were not yet tallied.
Tusiimeâ€™s fans formed a huge convoy as several cars drove through Mbarara town celebrating his â€œwinâ€. He was carried on shoulders of his supporters for several kilometres. But at the final count, it turned out that he performed poorly in the market cell, where tallying had delayed.
Bitekyerezo, who held a press conference at Lake View on Thursday morning, called upon all candidates who were in the race to work with him and defeat opposition candidates in next yearâ€™s general elections.
But the other six candidates, James Tweheyo, Isaac Kawoya, Hanifa Karad, Dauda Barinda, Deogratiuos Kazeyi Kwezi and Emmanuel Bukabeeba insist that the polls were rigged.
In a petition to the NRM secretariat, they cited election mal-practices in the Mbarara primaries. They want the elections to be repeated and the NRM electoral commission to consider banning the two candidates from participating in the fresh elections.
In neigbouring Kiruhura district, Col. Fred Mwesigye was on Wednesday declared NRM flag- bearer for Nyabushozi county.
Mwesigye is one of the 40 original National Resistance Army fighters, who launched the guerilla war in the early 1980s.
Five candidates were competing for the Nyabushozi county seat. Col. Fred Mwesigye won with 34,694 votes ,while his biggest competitor, Genensio Tumuramye, bagged18608.
In Kazo county, minister Eng.John Nasasira was declared the winner with 26,202 votes defeating Abel Nkorekim, who got 14,878 votes.
Robert Kasheija MP for Youth western region got 6,242 and Frank Kanduho 1,419 votes.
Police deploys heavily in Mbarara Municipality as Medard Bitekyerezo wins