By Fred Kiva
SHEEMA. NRM candidate’s victory in the Sheema North by-election is an Independence gift to the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement Secretary General Kasule Lulumba has said.
Naome Kibaaju of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) won the Monday by-election for the party to reclaim the seat left behind by then Member of Parliament and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye who recently crossed to the newly created Sheema Municipality.
Kibaaju polled 11,326 votes against her sole challenger Forum for Democratic Change (FDC’s) Guma Nuwagaba who garnered 7322 votes. Guma, formerly Mitooma Resident District Commissioner crossed to FDC after losing NRM primaries to Kibaaju.
In a statement issued by NRM’s Senior Manager Information,Communication and Public Relations Rogers Mulindwa, the Party’s Secretary General congratulates the people of Sheema North and the winner for earning the ruling party what she described as Independence gift.Lumumba describes the victory as Independence Gift since the by election was held on October 8, the eve of Uganda's 56th Independence anniversary.
“SG (Secretary General) Justine Kasule Lumumba has congratulated the people of Sheema North and Hon Kibaaju in particular for earning NRM a sweet Independence Gift,” Mulindwa said in a statement issued on Monday night after results were declared by the Returning Officer Deborah Asiimwe.
The victory adds to the ruling party’s excellent performance in both Women Council and Local Council One elections held mid this year.According to NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr. Tanga Odoi the party registered an average performance of 83percent in the Women Council elections.In the village council elections, the party scooped 69percent performance.
In his national address on security last month, President Yoweri Museveni who is also NRM Chairman said on top of the excellent performance in the Women and Local Council polls, the ruling party had also done better in the by elections.He revealed then that NRM had won in over 30 out of the 35 by elections conducted in different parts of the country.
"About people's power I think those people are not informed, people's power was demonstrated recently. You remember we recently had LC1 elections, what would they call that? The millions who turned out to vote, I think that was real people's power," he said,adding that the excellent performance was a clear indication that NRM had people power.