Vote Counting Underway in Rukungiri By-Election

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The Electoral Commission Spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa described the exercised as successful and smooth. Police earlier arrested ten people in connection to alleged voter bribery and inciting violence.

Vote Counting is underway in Rukungiri District Woman Member of Parliament by-election.

Heavily armed forces including the army and police remain camped in all sub counties and the municipality. The exercise registered a low turn up with most voters opting to stay away.

The Electoral Commission Spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa described the exercised as successful and smooth. Police earlier arrested ten people among them the former Rukungiri District LCV Chairman, Athanasius Rutaro over alleged voter bribery and inciting violence.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC Betty Muzanira is contesting against National Resistance Movement- NRM's Winfred Matsiko, Prisca Sezi Mbaguta, an independent candidate and Fabith Kukundakwe of the Peoples Progressive Party-PPP.  Last month, the Court of Appeal, declared the seat vacant following a successful petition by Muzanira.

Muzanira lost to Matsiko in the February 2016 elections but petitioned court citing voter bribery.

High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga had on August 8, 2016 dismissed Munazira's petition with costs, but the petitioner took the matter to the Court of Appeal which overturned the High Court's decision.

Justices of the Court of Appeal stated that Muzanira's evidence proved that Matsiko made donations during the campaign period at Kibale and Nyarushanje Catholic churches.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.