Michael Ongole New Bukedea NRM Chairperson

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Bukedea district has finally held NRM party district structure polls amidst tight security.

Bukedea district has finally held NRM party district structure polls amidst tight security.
There was heavy police presence with regional police commander East Kyoga, Philips Acaye on the scene until the results were announced.
James Michael Ongole was elected the NRM district chairperson with 185 votes. The runners up were David Livingstone who managed to get 42 votes and David Odea who received 5 votes. 
Isaac Epilo was elected as vice chairperson after beating Rose Akol Okullu. Epilo got 165 votes while Okullo received 64 votes.
Joseph Ariong was elected NRM general secretary beating John Bosco Okojo to the post. Ariong is the proprietor of Wash and Wills Country Hotel, Mbale. Ariong took the seat with 189 votes to Okojo's 69 votes.
Arafat Oyoo was elected unopposed for the post of publicity.
After the winners were announced, new Bukedea NRM chairperson Ongole called for unity in the party.
There have been two NRM factions in Bukedea battling for supremacy. Their contest prompted the NRM party Electoral Commission to suspend the polls on September 17 to address the concerns of the two factions.
David Livingstone Kedi, the incumbent and David Odea had petitioned the party registrar accusing their rival Michael Ongole of denying them access to the delegates prior to the polls. Charles Asipoo is the Bukedea district NRM party registrar.
Asipoo described the September 29 elections as free and fair.
Although Odea conceded defeat, he accused Ongole of bribing voters. Ongole denied the charge in his victory speech.
The NRM delegates elected the district executive, women league, youth, veterans, elderly and workers and PWDS.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.