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.
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.
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.
Bureau Chief, Rwenzori Region