Kagadi NRM supporters protest over delayed election results

Kagadi-A section of the NRM party supporters in Kagadi District on Monday morning   stormed the offices of the national resistance movement in Kagadi town in protest of the delayed outcome of recently concluded primary election in which they claim the entire exercise was marred with acts of bribery and doctored results.

The protestors who carried placards reading “we want Eric Musana declared winner for Buyaga East constituency “stormed the NRM offices, claiming that their candidate, Eric Nusana , was cheated.

Unfortunately the offices were closed by the time voters staged a protest.

They accused the party electoral officials in the district of delaying to declare the winner.

Led by Adrian Tumwesigye, the political assistant for Musana Eric, the protesters threatened to defect to opposition parties if their candidate is not cleared the flag bearer in two days.

Protesters storm Kagadi NRM offices

The demonstration was cut short after the intervention of police and army commended by the Kagadi Police operations officer Aimai Simon Peter.

Aimai Simon Peter asked the protesters to leave immediately.

He advised them to wait the final decision from the chairperson NRM electoral commission, Dr.Tanga Odoi.

The Kagadi district NRM Registrar Mikisa John Chrysostom Salongo said the protestors wasted time to storm Kagadi NRM offices because the matter was referred to the NRM head office.

He therefore asked anyone complaining about the results for Buyaga East constituency to approach chairperson NRM electoral commission, Dr.Tanga Odoi.

Eric Musana, the Member of Parliament for Buyaga East constituency contested against Stephen Twesige, the former third Deputy Prime Minister Bunyoro Kingdom, LC5 chairperson Kibaale Amara Peter, Bright Alinaitwe, Robert Birungi, Kerian Tukamushaba, Patrick Kakooza and Diini Emmanuel Kisembo in the NRM party primaries.

However, no winner was announced after a re-voting was announced for Pacwa trading centre in Paacwa sub-county, where Musana and Twesige failed to agree over alleged filling of results on the declaration forms.

On Wednesday Last week, John Arimpa Kigyaji the Vice-chairperson NRM Electoral Commission in a media statement said that in areas where the winners were not declared, the party has asked candidates to submit declaration of result forms to the party headquarters so that they can tally afresh and the winner declared.

However, while addressing a press conference on Thursday last week at Parliament, Musana says that holding onto the results for elections held on 4th September indicates that there are plans to alter the results.

Musana says that submitting the declaration of result forms will not help.

He wanted open tallying conducted in the presence of all candidates.

He says that according to his tally of the declaration forms, he garnered 28,663 against his Twesige, who got 25,014.

Musana said the party’s Electoral Commission should announce the genuine winner.

He adds that if this matter is not handled properly it will divide voters in the NRM.

He vowed to contest as an independent candidate if the matter isn’t resolved.

Meanwhile, Stephen Twesige said Eric Musana is just buying time.

He called for the respect of the NRM election commission.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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