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Museveni speaks out on Rukungiri by-election

By David Lumu

Added 1st June 2018 05:36 PM

FDC candidate, Betty Muzanira, was today declared the winner of the hotly contested by-election

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FDC candidate, Betty Muzanira, was today declared the winner of the hotly contested by-election

 

President Yoweri Museveni has saluted National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters, who he says, defied ‘intimidation’ to vote the party candidate, Winifred Matsiko, during Thursday’s Rukungiri Woman MP by-election.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, Betty Muzanira, was today declared the winner of the hotly contested by-election.

However, in his statement, Museveni said that despite visible intimidation, NRM managed to win in two big sub-counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje.

“Inspite of the divisions among the NRM leaders and attempts to use religion (Catholics vs Protestants) and tribe (Bakiga vs Bahororo-Banyakore), Hon Masiko Winifred won in 114 polling stations out of the total of 280, albeit sometimes, with less majority than before,” Museveni said.

“Due to the weakness on the side of the police and the NRM leaders, I also hear that there was intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala and other areas. I salute those who defied those odds and voted for the NRM,” he added.

Museveni has also thanked the NRM mobilisers in Rukungiri for putting up a spirited fight.

Muzanira got 50,611 votes while Matsiko garnered 46,329. Former minister, Prisca Mbaguta polled 933. Fabith Kukundakwe got 183 votes.

FULL STATEMENT ON RUKUNGIRI BY-ELECTION

I congratulate the NRM mobilisers in Rukungiri District for the good work they did in the elections of Woman MP yesterday.

Inspite of the divisions among the NRM leaders and attempts to use religion (Catholics vs Protestants) and tribe (Bakiga vs Bahororo-Banyakore), Hon Masiko Winifred won in 114 polling stations out of the total of 280, albeit sometimes, with less majority than before.

Due to the weakness on the side of the police and the NRM leaders, I also hear that there was intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala and other areas. I salute those who defied those odds and voted for the NRM.

My programmes of wealth creation for the masses, especially the youth, will continue. Some of those groups helped in winning some parts of the municipality.

Winning in the big sub-counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje is on account of the steadfastness of our supporters inspite of the confusion among the leaders.

 

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