Mohamed Kawuma has won the Entebbe Municipality parliamentary election with a landslide.
Announcing the final results just a while ago, Wakiso District Returning Officer Sarah Bukirwa declared Democratic Party’s Kawuma winner with 13,727 votes, more than double the 6,226 votes garnered by his closest challenger Patience Mubangizi of the National Resistance Movement.
The other contenders, Forum for Democratic Change’s Wilberforce Seryazi and independent Hawa Nakibule got 209 and 12 votes respectively.
Immediately after being declared winner, a jovial and triumphant Kawuma told Uganda Radio Network that he expected the win and thanked the people of Entebbe for their bravery in resisting the machinations of the NRM.
Jubilant DP supporters, led by the party president Norbert Mao, then carried Kawuma shoulder-high are they broke out into hysterical celebrations.
Spontaneous celebrations are also taking place across the municipality as news of Kawuma’s landslide win spreads.
Shortly before the announcement of the results, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Badru Kiggundu hailed the people of Entebbe Municipality for braving the severe weather to cast their votes.
Kiggundu also praised the candidates for presenting themselves for election saying it takes a strong heart to do so.
The by-election was called after NRM’s Mubangizi successfully petitioned against Kawuma’s election in February citing electoral malpractices.
As the campaigns kicked off, FDC’s Seryazi was persuaded in vain, including by FDC leader Kiiza Besigye, to drop out in favour of Kawuma in order to ensure the strongest opposition candidate takes the day.