Besigye Loses Grip On Moroto District

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Moroto, one of the traditional districts voted highly to retain Yoweri Museveni as President of Uganda, an issue that has undermined FDC and The Democratic Alliance in Karamoja

Forum for Democratic Change's FDC- Kizza Besigye, President Museveni main challenger has lost grip of Moroto Municipality following provisional results from 12 centres against 13  released by the electoral commission this morning.

Moroto, one of the traditional districts yesterday voted highly to retain Museveni as President of Uganda.

The movement's win in Moroto is more likely to be definite as Museveni has garnered over 2400 votes against Besigye above 760 votes in Moroto Municipality during the presidential and parliamentary elections.

He becomes second, Amama Mbabazi third and Benon Biraro fourth, got less than 15 votes each in the municipality. Other five Presidential candidates had scored no mark in the municipality by the time EC's returning officer Joyce Acan made announcements as results trickled last night.

However, this time round, the opposition has worked hard to dent NRM support in the region once characterized by armed rustling and conflict in the last five decades. 

Apart from the Municipality, Museveni has also taken a lead in Moroto district with 30 polling stations out of 71 in the district to secure victory according to the provisional results released by the tally centre at Midnight. 

Meanwhile, Moroto Municipality's outspoken incumbent Simon Peter Aleper alias "Aspro" seems to have lost grip of the area to Fred Angella, the movement flag bearer as temporary results are released. Ends


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.