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NRM wins much anticipated Kayunga by-elections

NRM's Muwonge Andrew declared winner of Kayunga LC5 by-election.

The ruling National Resistance Movement -NRM has trounced the National Unity Platform-NUP in the Kayunga district LC 5 by-election.

NRM’s Andrew Muwonge has been declared the winner on Friday morning by the district Returning Officer Ms Jennifer Kyobutungi.

Muwonge garnered 31,830 votes against the National Unity Platform’s Harriet Nakawedde’s 31,380. The contest was too close to call with earlier reports indicating that the NUP camp were leasing before tables turned.

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Other candidates in the election included Kamoga Jamilu (independent), who got 279 votes, Musisi Boniface Bandikubi (independent), who managed 470 votes, Nyanzi Majid (independent) with 1287 voted and Waddimba Anthony (DP) who trailed with 158 votes.

After announcing Muwonge as a winner, NUP boss Robert Kygulanyi Sentamu has blasted NRM chairman also president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for having a hand in rigging of votes in Kayunga.

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“In broad day light, Museveni robs the victory of the people, and declares his candidate in Kayunga! Despite the stuffing and all manner of rigging, the signed DR forms give us a 15,000 votes lead. Ugandans will have to decide the next course of action,” Bobi Wine posted.

Speaking on the lengthy vote tallying process, EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama blamed it on technical glitches.

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“I want to thank you all for your patience, I know that we all have not slept and we waited for things to be worked on. I also commend our teams for working through the night so that all results are appropriately accounted for,” Byabakama said.

Earlier, reports indicated there were jubilation in both camps as the NRM and the NUP projected victory.