By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. The ruling Political Party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) has won four (4) out of the six (6) Municipal Parliamentary seats according to the results declared from different Municipalities last night.
In a statement released on Saturday, Rogers Mulindwa, NRM Communications Officer said that in Kotido, the ruling party achieved landslide victory as Lokii Peter Abrahams (NRM) got 5,830 votes while FDC's Oryono Okot walked away with only 137 votes. Ismail Muhammad Lomwar (NRM) took the Mayoral slot with 6,243 votes against FDC's 156.
In Sheema municipality, Hon Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye (NRM) polled 13,590 to defeat FDC's Virginia Mugyenyi who got 11,489 votes. Atucugwire Abel (NRM) also won the Mayoral seat with 18,068 votes.
In Ibanda, NRM's Rwaburindore Tarsis took the Parliamentary seat with 13,331 votes while FDC's Byaruhanga Alex only managed to get 590 votes. Appolo Kibeitherere (NRM) is the Municipal Mayor after collecting 22,803 against FDC's 4, 224 votes.
Mulindwa says that NRM still took both seats in Nebbi municipality as Hashim Sulaiman (4,283) is the MP elect and Ngiriker Geoffrey (3,897) is the pioneer Municipal Mayor.
“In Njeru, Provisional results confirm that we took the Mayoral seat here but the Returning Officer was yet to declare the final results by the time of filing this report,” he noted.
Mulindwa adds: “In Apac and Bugiri municipalities, available results as declared by the respective Returning Officers indicate that we narrowly lost in these two Municipalities but we continue to study these results and a final position will be communicated later.”
Meanwhile, In Bugiri Municipality, JEEMA President Mr Asuman Basalirwa was last night officially declared winner of the Municipality MP seat with 3,928 votes followed by NRM candidate Mr Francis Oketcho with 3,267 and the FDC candidate Ms Eunice Namatende came third with 928 votes.
In Apac municipality, Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party candidate Patrick Ochan won the Member of Parliamentary seat after polling 6,597 votes while NRM's Jovino Akaki got 3,233 votes. Independent candidate Okot Chonno came third with 1,527 votes followed by Bony Odongo (Independent) with 207 votes. FDC’s Dr George Okello Ekwaro got 182 votes and Bishop Stanley Engena (Independent) trailed with 99 votes.
The landslide NRM victory in new municipalities comes just after a fortnight when the ruling party swept majority slots in the recently conducted Local Council elections including in key opposition strongholds of Rukungiri and Kasese districts.
Analysts have attributed NRM’s victory on weak and disorganized opposition. They have warned that the ruling party could be destined for a more comfortable victory in 2021, if the opposition does not go back to the drawing board.