Ruhemurana Returns as Kabale Mayor

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Dr Pius Ruhemurana, the incumbent Mayor of Kabale Municipality has retained his seat after scoring a landslide victory over his two rivals. Ruhemurana contested on the FDC ticket and was winner last evening after polling 9744 votes beating NRM's Levi Bitara who got 3671. Zakayo Tumukunde, an independent came third with 335 votes. The election of Dr Pius Ruhemurana gives him a third term in office. Ruhemurana is popular in Kabale because of his work as secretary Kabale Diocese Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Oversight Committee. Before his election in 2001, Ruhemurana also served as medical superintendent and officer at Kabale Hospital. Yesterday's election also saw FDC sweep 18 out of the 21 Municipal councilor's seat from 9 in the previous election. In Ntungamo, NRM's Jacob Kafureka polled 4613 votes to defeat Monday Mabale, the FDC candidate who polled 2028 votes. Mabale however, claims the election was not free and fair as it was marred by voter bribery and voter intimidation by state machinery. In Mbarara, Wilson Tumwine, was also returned for a third term in office. Tumwine polled 11636 votes to overwhelmingly defeat his FDC rival Stanley Katembeya who managed 7252 and Deus Musinguzi, an independent who polled 175 votes. In Rukunguri, Charles Makuru was also returned with an overwhelming majority of the votes cast. Makuru polled 62121 votes representing 60 percent against NRM's Saleh Turyamureba who polled 4129. Shortly Makuru was declared elected FDC supporters poured in Rukungiri town to celebrate their victory.