Incumbent Kooki MP Loses Re-election Bid

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Erasmus Mugumya Magulumaali, the Incumbent Member of Parliament for Kooki County, in Rakai district has lost to Amos Mandela in the NRM primary polls. Harriet Nakigoye, the Rakai district NRM returning officer, has declared Mandela officially elected NRM flag bearer for Kooki constituency parliamentary seat. Mandela polled 27, 402 vote against Magulumaali,s 17, 196 votes. Releasing the results last night, Nakigoye noted that Mandela polled more votes than the incumbent in six sub counties. Magulumaali, did not turn up to the tally center. On Tuesday, Magulumaali told journalists at Rakai district headquarters, that he will not accept the poll results. He argued that about 10 villages in Kacheera Sub County did not take part in the election process, because they lacked the electoral materials. However, Amos Mandela, the now official NRM candidate for the 2010 general elections says he has defeated Magulumaali in a free and fair manner. He explains that even if the other ten villages had voted, it is very possible that he would still win, beacuse they are all located in his home area. Mandela is the former Rakai district community development officer who tendered in his resignation recently to join politics. Maria Lubega Mutagamba, the Minister of Water and Environment has been also declared the official NRM flag bearer for Rakai district woman member of parliament. Mutagamba polled 43, 370 votes to emerge victorious.her rival polled only 3,450 votes. But Musisi has refused to concede defeat. She claims that the election was fraught with massive irregularities. She claims that Mutagamba ferried in Tanzanian national from Kagera area in Tanzania who participated in voting at Matengeeto village and Kasensero landing site. Meanwhile, the Kakuuto incumbent Member of Parliament Mathias Kasamba has declared himself the official NRM party flag bearer, after the NRM electoral commission failed to count the votes. Kasamba, who was contesting with Sam Sserwanga and Achilles Kiwanuka Musooka, says he has personally counted the votes. Kasamba claims that he has gunned 6,846 votes against his main rival Sam Serwanga's 2,669 votes. Joseph Mutajulura, the Rakai district NRM administrative Secretary, says they have noted counted Kakuuto votes because they had not received all of them. Rakai district also note yet released the results from the district LC5 chair.


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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."

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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.