By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Incumbent Erias Lukwago who stood on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket became the Kampala Lord Mayor for the third consecutive time beating eleven other contestants including singer Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone [independent], former Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Ssempala Naggayi [NUP], singer Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) among others.
Lukwago scored 65% of the votes (194,592) — roundly defeating his eleven (11) rivals including the National Unity Platform’s Nabilah Naggayi (60,082) and NRM’s Daniel Kazibwe (23,388) respectively.
Others were Joseph Mayanja (IND) who scored 12,212, Charles Senkubuge (DP) managed 2,355 while Kawooya Innocent (IND) got 762 votes.
Micheal Evans Mugabi got 522, Eddie Kibalama managed 490, Yakubu Musaazi of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) got 478, Isaac Sendagire got 386 while Ben Lule managed 325 votes.
“What a historic moment! Praise be to the Almighty. Thank you Kampala! the statement is unequivocally loud and clear; OMULOODI WAALI. Our love is etched in stone. Asante sana. Mungu awabarik,” Lukwago said on Wednesday night after being declared.
Despite Lukwago’s victory, NUP’s Nabilah and Independent Joseph Mayanja claimed the election was marred with irregularities, accusing Lukwago of conniving with electoral officers to rig votes.
“There is a specific target towards National Unity Platform to fail my ambitions. I look at the confidence Lukwago’s camp has around the police,” Nabilah noted.
“There is malpractice already. I have just heard at Christ the King civic centre the army has cordoned off the area, we are not saying that it is free and fair, we will assess the day’s election as it unfolds and ends,” she added before the day folded dark against her.