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Asaba Ruyonga Bounces Back, Wins NRM Mayoral Flag in Fort Portal :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Asaba Ruyonga Bounces Back, Wins NRM Mayoral Flag in Fort Portal

Ruyonga, who had held the same office for 15 years, had lost to Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, an Independent candidate in the 2016 general elections. His loss then, despite being the NRM flag bearer, was attributed to the several controversies that surrounded his leadership and the clashes with councillors which forced him to snub council sessions for close to two years.
12 Sep 2020 22:49
Edson Asaba Ruyonga
Edson Asaba Ruyonga, the former Fort Portal Municipality Mayor has bounced back into politics and won the National Resistance Movement – NRM Mayoral flag for Fort Portal Tourism City. 

According to the results released by Alice Nikirungi, the NRM registrar for the city, at Kagote Seventh Day Adventist – SDA hall last night, Asaba got 17,328 votes while his only rival Paul Drake Kasande garnered 7,241 votes.  

Ruyonga, who had held the same office for 15 years, had lost to Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga,  an Independent candidate in the 2016 general elections. His loss then, despite being the NRM flag bearer, was attributed to the several controversies that surrounded his leadership and the clashes with councillors which forced him to snub council sessions for close to two years.

The last nail in his political coffin was when he fell out with the clergy. While at one of the campaign rallies, he referred to the clergy as paupers infested with jiggers and bedbugs, which forced religious leaders from all corners to take to the podium and show solidarity with Rev. Muhanga.  

However, in 2019, Ruyonga went on different radio stations and apologized for the insults. Also, about four years later, Fort Portal residents have been saying that they could have made a grave mistake to replace Ruyonga whom they highly appreciate for keeping the city clean during his tenure. 

Joseph Abigaba, a resident in the city, says that during Ruyonga’s time, the municipality, which is now a city, used to be the cleanest in the whole country, something that has since changed.  

“Look at our city now. Garbage is in every corner. Go to Mpanga and Kabundaire market and see what is happening, there are heaps of uncollected rubbish that are putting our lives at risk of contracting diseases. Asaba is going to win even in the general elections,” Abigaba says.  

For his part, Asaba says he is ready to transform Fort Portal into a world-class city by improving on sanitation, drainage and health care systems, promoting tourism among other developments.  

Meanwhile, in Kabarole District, the incumbent District Chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga, floored two other contestants to win the NRM party flag for the seat.  From the results declared by the Kabarole District NRM Registrar, Patrick Kamulindwa, Rwabuhinga won with 34,390 votes while his closest rival, Dr John Businge, polled 11,927 votes.   Last in the race was John Mwesige, a teacher by profession, who garnered 2,730 votes.