Ntungamo: Minister of State for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana has been declared the leading in the vote recount of Rushenyi County in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections as the electoral commission vows to declare the winner in two days.
Rukutana is said to be leading his closest opponent Naome Kabasharira after tallying votes from over 12 polling stations that had reportedly been marred with violence.
Video: Watch The National Resistance Movement Party’s Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi Declaring Minister Rukutana Today (Video Courtesy Of Salt TV)
Odoi cancelled results in which the NRM returning officer had declared Kabasharira winner having trounced Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana with 40 votes. Kabasharira garnered 24,006 while Rukutana got 23,966 votes.
Rukutana’s team petitioned the party’s EC and general secretary’s office with overwhelming evidence to overturn the results that were announced in Ntungamo.
Accordingly, Rubaare sub county, which is considered Rukutana’s stronghold didn’t vote after the register disappeared.
Voting was postponed to Saturday, the same day when chaos broke out in the area resulting into multiple shooting and injuring of Rukutana’s rival supporters.
As as result Minister Rukutana was sent to prison to battle with several charges including attempted murder, theft of a gun, malicious damage and assault.
However today the minister has been granted a Shs 4 millions cash bail by Ntungamo Magistrate’s Court where his lawyers led by Owen Murangira had applied for and hours later declared the leading participant in the vote recount of the Rushenyi county, Ntungamo District. This is what they call double happiness!.