Godfrey Aine Kaguta, the younger brother of President Yoweri Museveni and Anifa Kawooya Bangirana won the ruling party of the National Resistance Movement party in the Sembabule district.
Kaguta and Kawooya were declared winners of the NRM polls for Mawogola North and West constituencies respectively in today’s polls, which were twice postponed due to election violence.
George William Katokoozi, NRM’s clerk of elections for Sembabule, declared Kaguta aka Sodo the winner with a total of 17,343 votes – beating the daughter of Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, Shartsi Musherure Kutesa, who garnered 16,104 votes and Salim Kisekka who came out last with 4,274 votes.
Katokoozi also declared Kawooya the parliamentary flag bearer of the NRM for the Mawogola West constituency after beating Joseph Ssekabiito with 15,923 votes to 13,143 votes. The two were competing for the party flag in a newly created constituency that was approved by parliament in July.
Kawooya is the outgoing MP for Sembabule, while Ssekabiito is also the MP for Mawogola County Constituency.
On the hand, Mary Begumisa was also declared the flag bearer for the Sembabule Woman MP race after beating her three competitors, Jovanice Twongyeirwe and Phoebe Arinaitwe. Begumisa obtained 73,940 votes. Twongyeirwe received 16,448 votes while Arinaitwe received 11,011 votes.
2000 SECURITY PERSONNEL
A force of at least 2,000 people was deployed in the Sembabule district to organize the elections in the two constituencies. Security personnel consisting of the police and the army have been deployed to nine sub-counties.
Sembabule Resident District Commissioner Nickson Niwagaba said he had deployed at least 200 police officers to each of the nine sub-counties to avoid contingencies similar to those that led to the vote being canceled on September 4, when violence erupted. erupted in many parts of the neighborhood.
Kabuye adds that the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Major General Sabiiti Muzeeyi, has also changed the security command structures in the region, deploying a district police commander in each of the nine sub-counties with express instructions to arrest all those who might attempt to interfere with the elections included non-residents who may attempt to participate in the elections.
Entry into the Sembabule neighborhood was restricted, with security teams searching all vehicles and demanding national identity cards from all occupants. Non-residents of the area were refused entry.
Earlier in the morning, police arrested Nakasenyi Sub-County President Betty Twine alongside seven other people for allegedly participating in voter corruption. The suspects were picked from a house in the Nakasenyi shopping center where they allegedly met voters and bribed them to vote for Anifa Kawooya instead of incumbent MP Joseph Ssekabiito.
NRM Election Commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi, who also pitched camp in the region to directly coordinate the elections, said he asked returning officers to gather evidence of attempted misconduct and other irregularities that they will use to reprimand the culprits.