FDC Supporters Celebrate Besigye's Victory in Masaka

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In short
The final results from the Thursday presidential elections show that, Besigye defeated his three time rival. Besigye polled 46,549 votes ahead of Musevenis 41,998 votes. Ex prime minister, Amama Mbabazi managed 1153 votes followed by Abed Bwanika with 1484 votes.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters in Masaka are celebrating the victory of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the FDC presidential candidate in the district over his NRM rival, Yoweri Museveni. Museveni has been defeating Besigye in Masaka district in previous elections.
 
However, the final results from the Thursday presidential elections show that, Besigye defeated his three time rival.  Besigye polled 46,549 votes ahead of Museveni's 41,998 votes. Ex prime minister, Amama Mbabazi managed 1153 votes followed by Abed Bwanika with 1484 votes.
 
General Benon Biraaro came fifth with 247 votes followed by Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba in sixth position with 140 votes, Faith Maurine Kyalya came seventh with 155 votes while her friend Elton Joseph Mabilizi trailed the pack with 107 votes.



In Kalungu district, Museveni got 28727 votes ahead of Besigye's 22,218 votes. Amama Mbabazi garnered 293 votes. The announcement of Besigye's victory in Masaka excited his supporters. They took to the streets last night to celebrate the victory, where they were joined by other opposition supporters.

Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Greater Masaka FDC chairman says they are happy that despite the massive rigging in the region, Besigye has made a lot of gains. He says they are happy that Museveni will know that majority of people in Masaka district are tired of him.



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Baker Mukasa, the Sembabule FDC chairman, says Besigye could have defeated Museveni in the district if there was no rigging.  Mukasa says they saw UPDF soldiers driving away FDC agents in Ntusi, Lwebitakuli, Lwemiyaga before stuffing ballots for Museveni.



He says at Kidandala polling station, heavily armed soldiers beat up polling officials and went ahead to stuff ballots. Joy Kabatsi, the independent candidate for the Sembabule woman MP seat, says they have documented all the evidence of massive rigging.
 
Joanita Nalule, a loser in Masaka Woman NRM primaries, is surprised with Besigye's tremendous improvement in the district including in rural areas.  According to Nalule, the incumbent president has lost grip on villages where he enjoyed support. 

Table shows Presidential results from Masaka district.

Presidential candidate
Political Party
Total Votes
Kizza Besigye
FDC
46549
Yoweri Museveni
NRM
41998
Amama Mbabazi
Go Forward
1153
Abed Bwanika
PDP
1484
Maurine Kyalya
Independent
155
Elton Mabilizi
Independent
107
Benon Biraaro
Farmers Party of Uganda
247
Venansius Baryamureeba
Independent
140
 
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.