Kasenda Residents Demand NRM Vote Recount

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Supporters of John Busingye, who was aspiring for Burahya County MP ticket in Kabarole district, want a recount of votes cast saying the district NRM registrar declared wrong results.

National Resistance Movement supporters in Kasenda sub-county, Kabarole district demand for a recount of votes cast in Tuesday's party primaries. Some party members say the votes for Burahya MP flag bearer were altered. 

Kabarole district NRM registrar, Patrick Kamulindwa on Wednesday declared Margaret Muhanga the flag bearer. Muhanga polled 14,583 votes against John Busingye's 11,598. Steven Kagwera, the incumbent MP polled 9,724 votes. 

However, there is a disagreement on the votes cast in Kasenda sub-county. According to declaration forms seen by URN, Busingye polled 4,660 while Muhanga got 390 votes.
 
Kamulindwa announced Muhanga winner in Kasenda, forcing Busingye and his supporters to reject the results accusing the registrar of robbing them of victory.  They have petitioned the district registrar for a recount of the votes from the sub-county.

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On Thursday, Busingye's supporters staged a demonstration to protest the poll results.  

The angry supporters stormed Kasenda trading center in Kasenda sub-county. They also broke Katanda bridge, which connects Rutete and Kasenda sub-counties.  
 
The protesters blocked the road using stones, logs and tree branches, prompting anti-riot police led by Kabarole District Police Commander, Musa Tibakirana to intervene. Police fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse the group.
 
Busingye's supporters then marched to Kasenda Primary School, where they handed their NRM party cards to the sub-county leaders.

Kamulindwa says Busingye can petition the party electoral commission in Kampala, in case he has any complaints.
 
Kasenda sub-county is predominantly occupied by immigrant Bakiga, some of who believe Busingye was robbed of victory because he is a non-native.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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