Maureen Busiinge, the Acting Hoima District NRM Party Registrar announced the results this afternoon showing that Kajura lost to his rival by close to 7000 votes.
Kajura polled 5755 votes representing 29.1 percent against his rival's 12,932 votes representing 65.5 percent. The other contenders Ham Mugenyi and Ronald Rwahwire got less than 1000 votes each. The elections end bloody campaigns between Bategeka and Kajura who were once allies.
Their supporters often engaged in fights. Speaking before the declaration of the results, Hoima Resident District Commissioner, Isaac Kawooya implored both camps and supporters of other candidates to reconcile for the good of the party. Agnes Alwano, a member of the NRM Electoral Commission team that oversaw the exercise says her team was deployed to ensure free and fair election.
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Bategeka has not been into elective politics. The defeat of Kajura by an inexperienced politician has attracted mixed reactions from voters and some members of the civil society. Innocent Asiimwe, a boda cyclist in Hoima town says Bunyoro and Hoima in particular needs Kajura, even when he is out of politics.
Asiimwe believes Kajura still has an upper hand and influence in government. Nasser Biira Kiwanuka, the Midwestern Centre for Human Rights and Democracy says the voters turn against long serving politicians sends out a clear message, as the country heads to the 2016 general elections.
Kajura joins a string of other ministers who have lost in NRM primary elections such as Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafire and Economic Monitoring Minister Henry Banyenzaki among others. Henry Kajura is the pioneer member of parliament for Hoima Municipalit that was created in 2010. Kajura was born on 7 July 1927, in Hoima District. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Arts from Makerere University.
He also has postgraduate qualifications in administration from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and in Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madson in the United States. Kajura enjoys a long career as a public servant, dating back to 1966 when he worked as the Deputy General Manager in Bank of Uganda. His political career dates from 1988 when he served as Hoima District LC V chairman.
He has also served as cabinet minister in various positions and is believed to be Bunyoro's strong and experienced politician. On the other hand, Bategeka holds a PhD in Economics from American World University and is formerly a senior research fellow in Economics at Makerere University. He was once a teacher in 1977.Bategeka is also a businessman and proprietor of Mandela Secondary School in Hoima, one of Bunyoro's top schools. He also owns Glory Summit Hotel in Hoima.