NRM Wins Kasese Mayoral Seat

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Incumbent mayor Godfrey Kabyanga defeated his closest rival James Kabakwa of FDC with a margin of 415 votes. Kabyanga polled 8,935 votes against Kabakwas 8,520 votes.

National Resistance Movement - NRM supporters in Kasese are still in jubilant after the party retained the municipal mayoral seat.
Incumbent mayor Godfrey Kabyanga defeated his closest rival James Kabakwa of FDC with a margin of 415 votes. In the results declared last night by Returning Officer Laurence Mbonigaba, Kabyanga polled 8,935 votes, followed by Kabakwa with 8,520 votes.
Businessman Paul Asaba Mudaki, running as an NRM-leaning independent was in third position with 3,430 votes while Justice Forum party candidate Umar Musabingu trailed with 145 votes.
Kabyanga describes his win as an NRM victory after the opposition scooped six parliamentary seats and the district local council seat in the recently held elections.
Kabyanga says he has won an honest vote where his campaigns were based on facts and what he has done.
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Asked about what his main agenda will be this coming term, Kabyanga who has been working on beautification of the town, revealed that poverty reduction will be his priority. 
He says what needs to be done is to engage the government in a discussion to ensure that the Operation Wealth Creation project for Kasese Municipality is put to proper use.
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None of the other candidates was in the tally room for the declaration of results but FDC officials said they had reservations on the results.
Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo, the district chairperson-elect told URN that they will not discuss the details of electoral process before speaking to James Kabakwa the candidate. Sibendire says the process was marred by voter bribery that went on through the previous night until the afternoon of the Election Day.
He says that the party will decide on the next step after getting instructions from the candidate. Kabakwa could not be reached for a comment because his known telephone number remains switched off.
Sources within the FDC party indicate that there were some irregularities in the voting process, adding that in Bulembia Division where NRM got majority of the votes has turned in results higher than the number of voters on the register.
Buduwe Masitaki, the NRM administrative secretary for Kasese district was one of the people who accompanied Kabyanga to the tally room to receive the party's biggest local victory in the 2016 general elections.
Masitaki described Kabyanga as the only bridge the people of Kasese will use to access government since most of the leaders are now from the opposition.