While some of the competitors were dishing out money, Obuku was giving fruits and packages of medications such as dexamethasone and others that can help with COVID-19 and says before campaigns could elapse members of Bakabulinde’s Allied Workers’ Union came to him pleading that he puts across their problems. For the entire campaign, Obuku spent 80million shillings raised mainly through contributions by the medical fraternity.
However, the election which is supposed to have closed at 4: 00 pm today has failed to take off as the youth delegates turned rowdy demanding that each of them is paid 2 million Shillihs before voting for the candidates.
There were indications that results were about to be uploaded on the EC website; on Wednesday, a section of the 2021 General Elections results was created on the EC site. This section, which was under Elections and Results has now been deleted.
It is said that they had been hired by Democratic Party’s John Paul Mpalanyi, the newly elected MP for Kyotera County and Kyotera District Chairperson Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, to disrupt presidential, parliamentary and Local Government elections.
The agency cited wanton killings by security forces, arrests and beatings of opposition supporters and journalists, disruption of opposition rallies, and a shutdown of the internet as major setbacks in the pursuit of democracy and the rule of law.
According to the election results, Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party won five seats in the entire Lango sub-region. The ruling National Resistance Movement won three seats, Forum for Democratic Change-FDC won one seat and only one Independent candidate sailed through the race successfully.
Migadde who lost the race to Patrick Nkalubo of the National Resistance Movement-NRM, says that his name was wrongly spelt on the ballot papers, presenting him as Josephat instead of Joseph. He says that because of this error, many people that would have voted for him were confused.
But even with that level of preparation and waiting, Museveni stopped for just a few minutes. His address was a thank you and a caution about COVID-19. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," Museveni said, in company of the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, before returning to his vehicle, which was immediately driven off.
In Mukono, the former Member of Parliament for Mukono North and South constituency Rev Dr Peter Bakaluba Mukasa was declared the winner with 73,815 votes. Mukasa who contested on the NUP party ticket defeated the NRM party candidate Haji Harunah Ssemakula with 25,202 votes.
Lawrence Jjumba, the polling agent of the Bukomansimbi National Unity Platform-NUP LC V Chairperson candidate’s race at Meeru polling station, says soldiers raided the polling station and forced the presiding officer to handover three ballot paper booklets, which they ticked in favour of NRM candidates and stuffed them in the boxes.
Music Promoter Balaam Barugahara is in the mix coordinating entertainment activities at the venue. One of the entertainers is a traditional dance group, playing and dancing to Kiganda songs and the other is a band which is entertaining the spectators as they wait for Museveni who started his journey in Lyantonde town, early today.
The opposition increase in percentage and number is due to the impact of National Unity Platform (NUP), the newest opposition party which won 58 seats in its first contest on Uganda’s political scene. As a corollary of its win, NUP will hold office of the leader of opposition in the 11th parliament.