There was a heated contest between the incumbent, John Katura Musana and his sole rival Tom Maate Wa’bukombi. The election was characterised by heavy security deployment in the town council because of the high tension between supporters of the rival camp.
Ssebaana, a nephew to former Kampala Mayor, the late John Ssebaana Kizito defeated Musician Daniel Kazibwe also-known-as Ragga Dee despite losing in four out of the five Divisions of Kampala Capital City. According to official figures declared by the party’s returning officers in each Division, Ssebaana has a total count of 37,191 against Kazibwe‘s 29,793 votes.
According to the NRM Electoral Commission Registrar Vincent Kavuma, none of the contenders campaigned or held meetings with the electorate in the areas of Buziga and Kibuli, before polling day, denying voters in over 30 villages a chance to choose a mayoral candidate. They equally had no agents in the areas.
However, the NRM Electoral Commission Presiding Officer for Makindye west Vincent Kavuma says that they have observed vases of vote-rigging in St Paul Zone, Convent Zone, Ntuuse Zone, Katabira Zone, Gogonya Zone, West Zone and Barracks Zone in Nsambya West C
The results announced this evening at Nakasero Primary School by the Kampala Central Division NRM Returning Officer Caroline Akitwi follow a primary election held in the five Divisions of Kampala City. However, the ultimate winner of the race will be determined by results from the remaining Divisions of Kampala Capital City including Makindye, Lubaga, Kawempe and Nakawa.
Ndege together with the Kampala District Internal Security Officer (DISO) Moses Tashobya and other police officials raided the tally centre at Nakasero Primary School where they found a handful of NRM election officials locked up in a room with candidates and their agents outside.
By 11 am, most of the polling stations visited by URN such as Luvuuma, St Paul, Katwe two, Katabira zones and others had only the presiding officers and candidates agents, while at other polling stations there were no candidates’ agents.
In one of the glaring incidences of the day, State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana became unruly after losing the Rushenyi county flag to Naome Kabasharira. He reportedly grabbed a gun from his bodyguards and shot two people who were rushed to hospital in critical condition. Rukutana was arrested in the aftermath.
At Nakasero Standard Polling Station, All Saints Polling Station, Rubaga Road B Polling Station, William Street Village and others, our reporter observed that supervisors of the election were still dispatching materials including voter’s registers, declaration forms, hand-washing materials and others by 10 a.m., an hour to the stipulated polling time.
The injured have been identified as Sponsor Nuwagaba a resident of Muhito Kitagata, Derrick Nahabwe a resident of Nyakabwera Kishambya Shuuku and Bonias Birakwate resident of Nyakatookye Shuuku who were shot by police in the legs.
The NRM tomorrow is holding nationwide party primaries to choose candidates for district and other Parliamentary seats. Those competing in Mawogola West are the incumbent Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa and the Sembaule district MP Hanifa Bangirana Kawooya.