Kakira town council flag bearer declared amid teargas
The highly contested repeated race for the NRM flag bearer for the chairperson for Kakira town council in Jinja district ended on in teargas and firing of rubber bullets to disperse supporters.
This after Sande Charles Kabule, housing and urban development Daudi Migereko was declared the winner with 2878.
His main contender and the incumbent chairman of Kakira town council John Kamau,
who recently fell out with Migereko collected 2783, a difference of 95 votes.
After the tallying, Kabule was immediately declared the NRM flag bearer for the Kakira town council position, by Hajjat Faridah Jjimbo from the NRM National Secretariat.
This sent incumbent Kamau’s supporters to ran amok saying their candidate had been cheated.
“According to our tally, Kamau got 3330 but we are surprised to hear someone else declared as the winner, democracy has now been totally rendered obsolete since people just order for who should be declared, ” one supporter only identified as Ssalongo said.
Kamau supporters tried to protest but were repulsed by police using tear gas.
Hajat Jjimbo however advised whoever is aggrieved to file a petition against the results declared.
Our reporter later talked to Kamau who said he will not only complain in writing but also protest by standing as independent. “If the decision of the majority has been disregarded by malpractices and
irregularities in the primaries, we shall meet in Kiggundu’s polls,” vowed Kamau.
Kamau’s defeat is a big blow to Nelson Lufafa, Migereko’s main contender because he is his blue eyed man.
The situation was equally tense in Butagaya Sub County still in Jinja district where elections were repeated between Hajj Abdullah Suuta, the incumbent and his major contender Paul Balidawa.
Elections in the two sub-counties were called off following running battles among supporters under allegations of irregularities.
In a meeting convened by the district NRM chairman Nathan Igeme Nabeta at Busoga square, the worrying parties resolved to have the elections repeated on Wednesday 21, October.