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Isingoma Mugimba is the new LC V chairman of Masindi district. Masindi District Returning officer Daniel Nayebare, declared Mugimba elected at midnight after he emerged winner of the LC V elections held yesterday.
The final results released by Electoral Commission show that Mugimba polled 20581 votes beating his rival, the incumbent Acting Masindi LC V Wilfred Byakagaba who polled 17376 votes.
Rodgers Kanti came third with 2068 votes, while Peter Adaku trailed the pack with only 826 votes. However, Byakagaba has declined to concede defeat saying that the polls were marred with massive rigging in favor of Mugimba.
He says that rigging took place in areas such as Kijunjubwa, Kabutukuru and Mirya, Mugimba's home sub county. Byakagaba however says that that he will not go to court adding that he has quit politics to concentrate on his engineering work.
But Mugimba denies allegations that he rigged the polls saying that the polls were free and fair. He promises to spur Masindi's development to another level through improved service delivery and good working relations with other district officials.
Mugimba replaces Steven Birija who resigned the post about one year ago and fled into exile into United Kingdom. In Other elections police in Kibaale is holding two supporters of Henry Baguma, the independent LC5 candidate for alleged election violence.
The suspects Omuhereza Alinaitwe and Omuhereza Kaganda Mabaale Sub County allegedly threatened voters were picked up for threatening voters at Mugarama polling station.
Michael Ogwal, the Criminal Investigations Director says that while driving in Vehicle registration number UAF106R Toyota colora, the duo caused commotion at the polling station when they wanted to knock voters and threatened to kill them if they voted for George Nyamyaka.
Nyamyaka is the incumbent Kibaale district Chairman and NRM's official candidate.