Muhangi's nomination had been blocked by the Ntungamo District Returning Officer Robert Baine after reportedly arriving late at the venue. On the same day of his anticipated nomination, Munangi had been bounced for failing to deliver all the required paperwork to support his bid.
Muntu says that there are no fundamental differences among the East African states, except the lack of a good relationship between the various leaders in the bloc. He was speaking from his home area in Ntungamo District, as part of his campaign trail for the presidency.
The State Prosecutor, Baine Eunice asked the magistrate to issue criminal summons for Rukutana, saying his absence has delayed the case. Mulangira pleaded with court in vain not to issue to criminal summons for Rukutana, saying he wasn’t feeling well and it is a constitutional right.
The concern was raised by members of the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament who are currently visiting parts of western Uganda, to study the extent of power penetration in the areas of Masaka, Mbarara, Kasese and Fort Portal, among others. They are bothered that some projects which were launched in 2014 have not yet started.
The MPs who were on a field trip to Western Uganda to ascertain the level of electricity penetration in the area, expressed the concern while visiting substations in Masaka, Ntungamo and Kasese districts, where they were told that electricity supply to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya is uninterrupted.
In his petition, Nuwagaba, says that he inspected the nomination papers of his opponent on October 22nd, 2020 at the Ntungamo Electoral Commission offices and found out that his rival completed his bachelors of law degree under the mature-age entry in 2019, a year after completing his Uganda Certificate of Education in 2018 from Entebbe secondary school.
Hanny Turyahebwa, the Ntungamo Chief Administrative Officer, says they have reduced staff by 30 percent as a preventive measure to contain further spread of the disease. “We don’t want this to spread to others, so we are asking our staff to stay and work from home,” he said.
According to Odoi, Rukutana polled 25310 votes (46.27 %) beating his closest rival, Naome Kabasharira who garnered 25290 votes (46.23%). Bob Nahabwe came third with 2270 votes followed by Nicholas Niwahereza with 1229 votes, Norman Beigana Kashereka 350 votes and Elia Bwagara Mwesigwa 256 votes.
Rukutana petitioned against the declaration and on this basis, Dr Tanga Odoi, the chairperson of NRM party electoral commission suspended the results and ordered for a recount. On September 15, Dr Odoi hinted that the recount had given Rukutana an edge over Kabasharira with a difference of 20 votes.
The recount presided over by the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party-Electoral Commission Dr Tanga Odoi follows a petition filed by Rukutana challenging the outcome that gave victory to his political nemesis Naome Kabasharira.
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson says the candidates were arrested and charged for procuration of prohibited voters and doing an act that is most likely to spread an infectious disease
According to Kasasira, the suspects were ferried from Sheema, Mitooma districts, Kafunjo, Nyamukana, and Ruhaama, and Kajara. Miria Mirembe, the Ntungamo District NRM Registrar, says there are 6000 registered voters in the municipality but the number suddenly increased to over 50,000 people.
He presented four sureties; Former Rujumbura county Member of Parliament Jim Muhwezi, Michael Mawanda, the Igara East MP, prominent businessman Bob Kabonero and Ali Mutebi. However, presiding Chief Magistrate Sarah Kawalya Mponye said that the court needed more time to study the application and come up with a ruling.