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FDC PRESIDENT BREAKS SILENCE ON BUSONGORA SOUTH COUNTY BY-ELECTION

Amuriat added that unlike in other constituency by-elections across the country, RDC’s shielded their number plates which wasn’t a case in the Busongora South Constituency by-election.

By Our Reporter

KASESE: The Forum for Democratic Change {FDC} Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat has described the just concluded Busongora South Constituency by-election as a repeat of what has been happening in other county by-elections across the country.

Amuriat was addressing the press this afternoon at party offices in Kasese.

According to the party president, the will of people of Busongora South Constituency was sabotaged adding that electorates should expect the same to happen in the forthcoming elections including the 2026 general elections.

Amuriat added that unlike in other constituency by-elections across the country, RDC’s shielded their number plates which wasn’t a case in the Busongora South Constituency by-election.

‘’Unlike in other constituency by-elections, NRM has exposed all the shames, RDCs didn’t shield their motor vehicle number plates. Our democracy has been defiled,’’ he said.

 

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NRM wins the hotly contested Busongora by-election

On Thursday, the National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Gideon Mujungu Thembo was declared as the duly elected Member of Parliament for the Busongora South Constituency.

Mujungu polled 12,088 votes against his main challenger, Mr Jackson Mbaju of the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) who polled 6,866.

The hotly contested poll attracted seven candidates including Aloysius Baguma Kighema (FDC), Bernadette Businge (DP), and Independents Juma Munezero, Doreen Izagiire and David Mulindwa Isimbwa.

However, Munezero withdrew candidature on Wednesday in favour of the NRM candidate during Vice President Jessica Alupo’s visit to the area.

Court throws Mujungu out of parliament

Mr Mujungu had been thrown out of Parliament after the Court of Appeal on June 22 nullified his 2021 victory and ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to organize fresh polls in Busongora South Constituency in Kasese District.

Citing electoral irregularities, Mr Jackson Mbaju who came second in the race challenged the ruling party legislator’s win in court.

In his appeal, Mbaju produced evidence showing that at least three dead people voted in addition to registered voters at some polling stations.

Some three other people swore affidavits proving they were in Saudi Arabia when the constituency voted in 2021 yet election officials ticked their ballots.

More evidence brought to court by the complainant showed that voters exceeded the 100 registered electorates at Busunga Primary School polling Station.

During the general election last year, Mr Mujungu won by a margin of 79 votes. His immediate rival Mr Mbaju who was then Independent, obtained 7,522 votes in a race that had 10 candidates.

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