Ismael Wagaba, one of the former candidates in
the Mawogola North parliamentary elections in Sembabule District has rejected
the poll results. Wagaba, who contested as an independent emerged last in the
race of seven candidates, according to the final results issued by the
The Sembabule District Returning Officer,
Robert Abaine declared Shartsi Musherure Kutesa the winner of Mawogola County
Parliamentary seat with 17,274 votes beating. Her closest rival and independent
candidate, Salim Kisekka came second with 2,544 votes followed by the National
Unity Platform candidate, Henry Nyanzi with 2,346 votes.
Catherine Nakayiza, another independent
candidate garnered 2,025 votes, Hillary Tukundane 138 votes, FDC’s Moses Lyazi 83
votes while Ismael Wagaba came last with 72 votes. Wagaba has disputed the poll
results, saying the election was fraught with several irregularities right from
the voting and tallying of results, which affected the integrity of the entire
He claims that the election was heavily manipulated
in favor of Musherure. He says the election was marred by massive ballot
stuffing, alteration of declaration forms, ghost voters, outright bribery,
intimidation and openly ferrying voters to polling stations.
He lists dozens of polling stations in
Rugushuru Sub County where he claims the irregularities were committed by
Musherure’s known campaign agents. These include among others Biseese,
Keirashya, Kizaano, Rwekisigi, Mussi, Kyamenya, Kyabalesa, Rugushuru Trading
Centre and Nakatabo polling stations where only Musherure and President Yoweri
Museveni got votes, saying this is highly unlikely.
He says in Mitima and Kawanda sub
counties, his polling agents were bribed off and while others were intimidated
by Musherure’s political assistants. Wagaba also accuses the Electoral Commission
of failure to organize free and fair elections, being partisan and deploying
incompetent officials some of whom were NRM candidates who manipulated the
election against opposition candidates.
“Because of the said malpractices, the
election was not free and fair. We thereby want it nullified and overturn
Musherure’s victory,” he said. Wagaba reveals that they have gathered sufficient
evidence that they will use to challenge the poll results in courts law. Musherure’s
Chief Campaigner, Bill Gates Magondo has rubbished Wagaba’s claims, saying the
Commission rejected results in places where errors were detected.
He cites Kagango polling station A-Z
where the number of votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters, which
he says can’t be attributed to Musherure. Magondo describes the elections as
free and fair, saying that they cannot stop those disputing their victory from
running to court since it is their constitutional right.
Beine, the Sembabule District Returning Officer has described Wagaba’s claims as
mere allegations, saying their tallying system was programmed to detect and
sieve out false declaration forms.
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Yoweri Museveni’s young brother, Sodo Aine Kaguta was compelled to drop out of
the Mawogola North parliamentary elections a few days to the polls.