Lira town witnessed wild jubilations after the UPC party's Morish Odung Omara, was declared winner of the hotly contested mayoral election. As soon as the news of Omara's victory filtered into the municipality on Wednesday evening, the town was agog as thousands of the UPC supporters thronged the streets jubilating and chanting. The vehicular convoy of Omara's supporters blocked most of the streets as campaign vehicles with loudspeaker snaked through the town. The excitement attracted the attention of the UPC supporters whose candidate Michael Ogwal Achonga, lost the election to the NRM candidate. The UPC supporters joined the procession at the Lira district electoral commission offices at Cathedral village along Kampala road. Omara who has been the speaker, won the election with 6, 043 votes beating Peter Guduzu Owiny, the incumbent mayor with a narrow margin of just 17 votes. Patrick Ochana, the Lira district registrar, declared him winner. This is the first time in ten years that the ruling NRM party has won the mayoral seat. Owiny who was being backed by MP Jimmy Akena Obote, has been the Lira municipality mayor since 2001. This time round, he stood on the independent ticket after losing the UPC primaries to Michael Ogwal Achonga. Tonny Okello Odur a harden UPC loyalist who was among those who joined the NRM supporters to celebrate the victory said they lost the seat to NRM due to persistent divisions within the UPC party. According to Okello, even Mp Akena (UPC) was backing the incumbent candidate including other senior party officials, something that could have weakened their support. Odung pledged to work with everybody irrespective of party affiliation.
Updated: 03 Dec, 14:5714:57