Mwesigwa Rukutana wins Rushenyi County
Minister Rukutana finally named winner of the Rushenyi County NRM primaries after recounting. FILE PHOTO

Minister Rukutana finally named winner of the Rushenyi County NRM primaries after recounting.

Following a fresh review, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission on Wednesday finally declared the State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana as the winner of the Rushenyi County elections in the ruling party primaries.

Earlier, this month following the release of the first batch of results, the NRM electoral commission declared Kabasharira on 24,006 votes as the winner of the Rushenyi County NRM party flag, claiming victory over Rukutana on 23,966 votes and others including Bob Karabayi who managed only 2,266 votes, Nicholas Niwahereza got 1,202 votes while Norman Kashereka got 346 votes.

The results did not go well with Rukutana and out of discomfort video scenes displayed the Minister pulling out a gun and aiming at supporters of his opponents. 

Following the scandal, Rukutana was arrested on September 05 from his home in Ruyonza and charged with cases related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence. 

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Ten days following the incident, however, the State Minister was granted an Shs 4 million bail after his lawyers led by Owen Murangira handed in a request to the Ntungamo Magistrates Court. 

His case has since been adjourned to November 3, 2020, with Rukutana expected to appear in court every time he is needed there.

In defence, Rukutana raised complaints to the NRM commission claiming that there were signs of vote-rigging. In response, the commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi last week, called for the recounting of the area votes.

Mwesigwa Rukutana wins Rushenyi County
Minister Rukutana finally named winner of the Rushenyi County NRM primaries after recounting. FILE PHOTO

The fresh results were announced on Wednesday with Rukutana on 25,310 votes claiming victory over his NRM colleagues including Kabasharira who got a total of 25290 votes, Bob Nahabwe on 2270 votes, Nicholas on Niwahereza 129 votes, Elia Rwagara Mwesigwa on 256 votes and Norman Kashereka Beingana on 350 votes.

“I therefore declare Mwesigwa Rukutana who has polled the highest number of votes representing 46.27% as the duly elected NRM flag bearer for Rushenyi constituency Member of Parliament,” Tanga stated while renouncing the new results at the NRM electoral commission headquarters in Kampala.

“After tallying here, I visited Nyakahita village and interacted with 42 ladies, 16 men and eight drunkards who were still in their sense Even a drunkard can tell you what can tally or not. After interacting with them, I came back with an analysis.’’

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