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Tom Butiime, the incumbent Member of Parliament Mwenge North in Kyenjojo district will contest as an independent candidate in his re-election bid.
Butiime, who was declared winner last Thursday in the fresh NRM primaries by the NRM electoral commission, had his victory annulled, and fresh elections were supposed to be held today in 64 villages in Mwenge North.
But in a surprise turn of events, the NRM electoral commission called off the elections and declared Butiime's rival David Muhumuza, as NRM official candidate.
The announcement was received with shock from Butiime's supporters who had converged at polling stations, ready to cast their votes. Meanwhile Muhumuza's supporters were jubilating.
Butiime‘s supporters stormed the NRM district offices on Kyenjojo-Kagadi road, but were dispersed by the police.
When Butiime received the news, he said that he will contest as an independent candidate in the elections. Butiime says that declaring his opponent NRM official candidate, is a deliberate move by top NRM party officials of chasing him out of the NRM party.
He says that elections were cancelled without informing him.
Elijah Mushemeza, the vice-chairman NRM electoral commission says that the commission considered the results of the September primaries in which Muhumuza was declared winner by the Kyenjojo district NRM registrar.
Meanwhile, police has set up two police posts in the constituency following incidents of violence last night. Four campaign agents of Muhumuza were last night severely beaten by unknown people and are admitted at Kyenjojo hospital.
The campaign agents are Edgar Byamukama, Lawrence Nyakabwa, Rachel Kumaraki and Juma Mugisa.
George Sabitti, the Kyenjojo District Police Commander, says that police has also been deployed at the residences of Butiime and Muhumuza.