Winnie Kiiza Wins Kasese Woman Parliamentary Seat

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The FDC candidate polled 97,669 votes, while her closest rival Rehema Muhindo of the NRM party polled 59,946 votes. Rose Mary Masika of the Democratic Party (DP) managed to get 1,229 votes.

Winfred Kiiza has been declared winner of the Kasese Woman parliamentary seat.

Kiiza, the FDC party flagbearer,was declared winner at 2:30am by Valley Kanzira, the Kasese district registrar at the tally centre, which was located at the district headquarters at Rukoki in Kasese municipality.  

The FDC candidate polled 97,669 votes, while her closest rival Rehema Muhindo of the NRM party polled 59,946 votes. Rose Mary Masika of the Democratic Party (DP) managed to get 1,229 votes.

According to Kanzira, 158,844 valid votes were cast, there were 2,330 invalid votes, while the number of spoilt ballot papers was 209.

After she was announced winner, FDC supporters led by the party vice president, Salaamu Musumba and publicist Wafula Ogutu chanted FDC slogans of ‘one Uganda one people’ and flashed the party V sign. Kiiza wasn’t at the tally centre.

Some FDC supporters celebrated in front of Crispus Kiyonga, the Minister of Defence and other NRM party officials.

However Kiyonga just looked on as they celebrated. According to Kiyonga, Muhindo’s camp will today issue a statement on the elections.

Earlier on, supporters of Kiiza were confident of victory for their candidate and by 6:00pm on Wednesday, shortly after voting closed, they started celebrations in Kasese municipality.  

Last month, four candidates were nominated for the by-election after it was ordered by the Court of Appeal on June 4 on grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws by the Electoral Commission following an appeal by Muhindo. However the independent candidate, Betty Kayezu, pulled out of the race for personal reasons.

The campaign period was characterized by cases of violence and at one point, the campaigns were overshadowed by the ethnic clashes between the Bakonzo and the Basongora.

The Kasese by-election is the fifth election the NRM party has lost since the end of the 2011 general elections. The ruling party was beaten in Luweero district, Jinja Municipality East, Bukoto South, Bushenyi Municipality and Entebbe Municipality. It's only in Busiro North that NRM's Gilbert Bukenya regained his seat in the by-election. But the former vice president largely campaigned as an independent and capitalised on the sympathy vote after he was briefly sent to Luzira prison over botched Chogm procurements.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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