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This afternoon, Masaka District NRM party Registrar declared Ssekiwala winner after polling 2664 votes against Ssebulas 1780 votes. However, the declaration of Ssekiwala as winner has not gone down well with Ssebulas supporters.

More than 300 supporters of Mesarch Ssebula, a former contestant for the Kyanamukaka sub county LC 3 chairperson NRM party ticket have rejected the poll results citing malpractice. Mesarch Ssebula contested in the NRM primaries and lost to his rival Mathias Ssekiwala.


This afternoon, Masaka District NRM party Registrar declared Ssekiwala winner after polling 2664 votes against Ssebula's 1780 votes. However, the declaration of Ssekiwala as winner has not gone down well with Ssebula's supporters.
 
 
This afternoon, hundreds of Ssebula's supporters stormed Kitofaali trading center in Kyanamukaka Sub County to express their dissatisfaction with the poll results.

 
They accused NRM party officials in the district of looking on as Joseph Ssekasamba, the Deputy Masaka RDC and Police led by the DPC John Mwaule rigged the polls. Ssebula alleges that the DPC and his men picked his polling agents around the sub county before aiding ballot stuffing. 


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They collected their NRM membership party cards and the campaign T-shirts of President Yoweri Museveni, the vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Masaka Woman MP Freda Nanziri Mubanda and set them ablaze.
 
 
Our reporter also saw two protesters urinating on the campaign T-shirts of President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM party chairman. The Woman MP Freda Nanziri Mubanda attempted to plead with the protesters to calm them down but they threatened to lynch her. They asked her not to bother asking for their votes since she had looked on as they were being beaten by Police.
 
 
After failing to calm down the protesters, Mubanda went to Hotel Brovad to plead with Ssebula to persuade his supporters. The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi declined to comment on the matter when contacted by URN.
 
  
In a related development, Joseph Mugerwa, the Masaka NRM Registrar has fled from office after allegedly refusing to declare Tonny Ssempijja, the NRM party candidate for the Kimanya-Kyabakuza division on ground that he is a known supporter of ex-prime minister Amama Mbabazi.
 

Ssempijja defeated his main rival Hajj Hamid Bukenya in 12 of the 16 polling stations in the division in a hot contest on Monday.  According to the declaration forms, Ssempijja garnered got 1103 while Bukenya polled 903 votes. However, it is alleged that on Monday night, Joseph Ssekasamba, the Deputy Masaka RDC raided Masaka NRM offices and stopped the registrar from declaring the results.

 
He accused Ssempijja of being a supporter of Mbabazi, who is eyeing the presidency. This angered Ssempijja and his supporters. They raided the NRM party offices and threatened to set it on fire forcing Mugerwa to flee for dear life. 


Ssempijja and his supporters have given the registrar an ultimatum of two days to declare the polls result or else they take to the streets in violent protests.
 
 
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Although Joseph Ssekasamba, the Deputy Masaka RDC admits that Ssempijja is a known supporter of Mbabazi he denies his involvement in the polls. Joseph Mugerwa, the embattled Masaka NRM Registrar has declined to comment on the matter.
 
 
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.