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FDC's Joab Businge Wins Masindi Mayoral Race

Businge was declared winner of the hotly contested race by the Masindi district Returning Officer Ibrahim Kizindo after securing 6,784 votes to beat the incumbent independent candidate Joshua Amanyire who had 6,138 votes. National Resistance Movement party candidate Ronald Kyomuhendo got 5,694 votes.
Joab Businge, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate has won the Masindi Municipality Mayoral race.

Businge was declared winner of the hotly contested race by the Masindi district Returning Officer Ibrahim Kizindo after securing 6,784 votes to beat the incumbent independent candidate Joshua Amanyire who had 6,138 votes. National Resistance Movement party candidate Ronald Kyomuhendo got 5,694 votes.

Prior to the official declaration, clashes emerged in Masindi when a local radio station Bunyoro Broadcasting Services – BBS FM announced that the incumbent Joshua Amanyire had retained the seat. Businge's supporters stormed the station and attempted to set it ablaze accusing the radio station of announcing fake results.

The radio station is owned by Bunyoro Affairs Minister Ernest Kiiza who has openly been backing incumbent Mayor Joshua Amanyire. 

BBS station Manager Martin Kaahwa says the radio station was only relaying updates from polling stations but did not declare any winners. He says the attackers were instead disheartened after hearing results from polling stations where their candidate was trampled.

The situation was calmed by the intervention of the Military Police.

However, three people were injured in the fracas. They include Moses Muruli, a news reporter with radio Kitara, Asuman Kiiza and Robert Muhangi, a lecturer at Uganda Christian University Masindi Campus. The injured at admitted at different facilities in Masindi town.

Albert region Police Commander, Apollo Kateeba has apologized for the excessive force applied in the process.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring Hoima Municipality, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate and incumbent Grace Mary Mugasa is leading with 9477 votes ahead of independent candidates Francis Atugonza with 5262 votes and  Brian Kaboyo with 5136 votes.

The FDC candidate in the race Joseph Kajabago managed 594 votes.

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