Kwizera garnered 12,214 votes while his rival Independent candidate Asgario Turyagyenda got 10,105 votes. Another independent Edward Mutabazi got 308 votes while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer James Owebeyi got 280.
Kwizera Wa-gahungu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer
has been declared the winner of the Bukimbiri county by-election in Kisoro
garnered 12,214 votes while his rival Independent candidate Asgario Turyagyenda
got 10,105 votes. Another independent Edward Mutabazi got 308 votes while
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer James Owebeyi got 280.
Returning Officer Daniel Nayebare says that the elections were peaceful since
no cases of violence were recorded.
by-election stems from the court of Appeal's decision to nullify the victory of
Kwizera citing irregularities following a successful application by Owebeyi.
argued that although the candidate's photos and party symbols that appeared on
ballot papers were genuine, they carried different names. The ballot papers
carried the names of Arthur Kazoora Atuzarirwe as the NRM flag bearer, Didas
Byaruhanga Kagyinda as the FDC flag bearer, and Victor Atwiine and Donzio
Kahonda Mugabe as independent candidates yet none of them were candidates.
the National Unity Platform (NUP) party withdrew its candidate in the Bukimbiri
county by-election, Joshua
Mutabazi in order to jointly support Owebeyi. But Mutabazi later defected to
the NRM party.
declared the winner, Kwizera promised to advocate for better health,
infrastructure, and education services.
rejected the outcome citing mass rigging and harassment of his agents by security
agencies and other government and district leaders. Turyagyenda
says that he will consider seeking legal redress.
“we are ready…
Cue out: …that election.”//