Kiyonga Loses Seat As FDC Sweeps Kasese

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The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change swept all the six parliamentary seats in Kasese district including that of Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga.

The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change swept all the six parliamentary seats in Kasese district including that of Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga.
 
The first batch of results was announced by Laurence Mbonigaba, the Kasese District Returning officer at about midnight following over 24 hours of tallying at the Kasese district Multipurpose Hall.
 
Dr. Kiyonga, who has represented Bukonzo West for more than 35 years, was defeated by Godfrey Katusabe. Mbonigaba declared Katusabe the winner with 31,126 votes against Dr. Kiyonga's 28,289 votes, leaving a difference of 2,837 votes. Independent candidate Justus Sausi Capson got 4,023 votes.
 
Dr. Kiyonga was not in the tallying room and neither did he have an agent to receive the results on his behalf. He could not also be reached for a comment. The long-serving minister first went to parliament in December 1980, being the only legislator who won a seat on the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) ticket.
 
Robert Centenary Franco is the incoming MP for Kasese Municipality after beating NRM's Ferigo Kambale with a margin of 723 votes. Centenary polled 15,990 votes against his rival's 15,267 votes in a hotly contested race. Other candidates Lukumbuka Briens Robert of DP polled 164 votes as independent candidate Alfred Masereka Vet trailed with 131 votes. Incumbent MP James Mbahimba lost in the NRM primaries.
 
In Busongora North, incumbent William Nzoghu retained his seat after defeating NRM's Asiimwe Mike Mbakania. Nzoghu polled 32,304 votes against Mbakania's 22,028 votes.
 
Provisional results for Bukonzo East put FDC's Harold Tony Muhindo in a lead with 20,606 votes followed by Independent candidate Robert Baluku Syayipuma with 11,719 votes. NRM's Fred Businge Police was in third position with 7,898 votes. 
 
Throughout the night, FDC was in charge of the tallying centre as all the NRM candidates failed to turn up except Boaz Kafuda, the incumbent MP for Busongora South and Jane Asiimwe, the NRM candidate for Woman MP.
Kafuda told Uganda Radio Network that he was ready to accept defeat because he was aware of the huge lead by FDC's Jackson Mbaju.
 
Laurence Mbonigaba, the Returning officer told URN the high voter turnout in the district is the reason for the delays in tallying all the results.  Kasese has over 330,000 voters on the register.