However, as the meeting went on, policemen led by Issa Balikitenda, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at Luwero Central Police Station surrounded the hotel and ordered one of the participants Zenar Nasur the District NRM Vice Chairperson to hand herself in for questioning over a fraud case.
Kinobe the former Katikamu North Member of Parliament for 13 years and now Ugandan Ambassador to Khartoum explained that the loss of the party was as result of protest vote over poor service delivery, fights among party leaders and disconnect with local youths.
According to results declared by Nathan Nabaasa, the Luwero District Returning Officer, NRM retained only seven of the seats, while independent candidates took over three seats. Among the NUP winners is an upcoming artist John Buwembo, who won the LCIII Chairperson's seat for Luwero Town Council after defeating incumbent Paul Mukungu Ssenyonga. Buwembo scored 4,609 votes whereas got 3,571 votes.
Four candidates were nominated to contest for the seat. They include incumbent James Makande (NRM), Sam Mutibwa (DP), William Semeere (NUP) and Fredrick Kakooza. But the names of DP Candidate Sam Mutibwa were wrongly written as James Mutibwa on the ballot paper, a mistake that was only identified as voters converged to participate in the exercise today.
The officials in trouble are Zenar Nasur, the Luwero District NRM Vice-Chairperson and Wasswa Tamale, the Publicity Secretary for the Party. They are accused of embezzling 29 Million Shillings meant for NRM flag bearers for District Councillor seats.
According to the poll results declared by the Returning Officer, Umar Kiyimba, Muhoozi obtained the highest number of votes with 335; Katumba came second with 228 votes and Mugira 239 votes. Masiko scored 223 votes, Elwelu 218 votes, Kavuma 204 votes and Mbadi 184 votes.
The elections were marred with open day bribery and complaints of fake voters on registers. Deborah Nalubega the loser of PWD race rejected the results saying each delegate received about 20,000 shillings from his rival to vote her out of the seat.
According to the Electoral Commission roadmap, Wednesday, January 27 is the polling date for councillors representing Persons with Disabilities, Older Persons, Youths and Workers at District Councils. But there is little competition because many candidates are unopposed, and opposition parties failed to field candidates.
Luwero district NRM offices received 36 million shillings but till now, no single contestant has received any of the money. But Zenar Nasur, the Luwero NRM Vice Chairperson says that they received the money and used it for mobilization for Local Government elections.
Kibirango polled 44,206 (59.20 per cent) of the total votes cast to defeat the main challenger Uthman Kamoga Jjuuko, the NRM candidate who got 17,094 Votes (22.89 per cent) and Vincent Kalumba Ssebayiga (Independent) who polled 6,696 votes (8.97 per cent).
Kibirango says Muyingo was also unreachable and delegated everything to his aides. “Even when people complained to Muyingo about his aides, he couldn't do anything and the aggrieved people resorted to voting Ssekitoleeko who is approachable,” Kibirango said.
Erasto Kibirango the NUP candidate for LC 5 Chairman of Luwero district says that Luwero is known for growing pineapples and President Museveni promised to construct fruit processing plant to add value but this is yet to materialize a decade later.
The 77-year-old obtained 113 votes to beat musician Halima Namakula, who scored a paltry nine votes. Former Minister Captain Francis Edward Babu got three votes, while Israel Mayengo, a former Buganda Kingdom Minister got only one vote, while Claudia Naluyima Kamya another independent candidate got eight votes,
David Kizito, an eyewitness said that protests broke up after the security personnel beat up one of the youths who challenged the directive insisting that it was too early for them to retire. Uganda has been under nighttime curfew for the last ten months, partly to control the movement of people at a time of battling COVID-19 infections.
On Tuesday, Ndawula emerged in Luwero town council holding a procession telling his residents that the Court of Appeal registrar in Kampala had stayed an order of execution of bankruptcy application till the main application is heard and disposed of.