Violet Akurut Adome has officially been declared winner of the Katakwi woman parliamentary seat, beating education minister Jessica Alupo who has represented the district since 2001.
Violet Akurut Adome has officially been declared winner of Katakwi woman parliamentary seat, beating education minister Jessica Alupo who has represented the district since 2001.
The provisional results had showed Alupo trailing her rival Violet Akurut Adome, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate.
Daniel Othieno, the Katakwi District Registrar, officially announced Akurut winner with a margin of over 3,000 votes.
Alupo's was equally trounced by Violet Akurut Adome the former commissioner Uganda Human Rights Commission during the NRM party primaries last year.
Akurut polled 26,091 votes while Alupo got 20,720 votes from the total of 54,702 votes cast.
Katakwi has a total of 70,547 registered voters and 141 polling stations in ten sub-counties that make the two counties of Usuk and Toroma.
Anyakoit Cecilia, an Independent came third with 2,346 votes, followed by another Independent Aguti Stella Jane who polled 2,181 votes. FDC candidate Igella Evelyn came last with 1,488 votes.
Ironically, Alupo stood as an Independent after losing to Akurut in the NRM party primaries with a similar margin of about 3,000 votes.
Akurut, who until recently was working with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, was confident all day yesterday. She told Uganda Radio Network after casting her vote that the victory was hers to take.