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NRM Primaries: Hate Speech Dominates Polls as Former Kira Mayor Registers Early Defeat in Mayoral Race

Despite being free and fair, with no violence registered so far, the Kira municipality National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries mayoral race has been dominated with hate speech against the former mayor, Mamerito Mugerwa.

Preliminary results that were announced at the Polling Station of Addra Adventist, Kireka (D) village, Kireka Parish, Namugongo Sub County in Kiira municipality indicate that Mugerwa’s competitor, Jackson Twinomugisha was leading.

At this particular polling station, Twinomugisha scored 637 votes beating Mugerwa who got 123 votes.

According to a section of voters, Mugerwa, while still the mayor between 2011 and 2016, committed a lot of atrocities which are unforgivable.

“Mugerwa has a big debt in Housing Finance Bank and is hoping to repay them with our land. We witnessed, suffered his wrath in the five years he was our mayor and don’t wish to see the same thing happening again,” Abdu Magidu Mutibwa, one of the voters said.

Ibrahim Abdallah, a vendor in Kiganda Market who was shot during the land crisis in November 2013 said, “That unsympathetic man ordered security personnel to shoot at us and they shot me here in my leg (points at the leg which was shot). He has a hidden mission of evicting all of us and he will do it if he goes through. We shall not allow that.”

Muwanga Joseph, the mobiliser at Kiganda Market said that they will not allow him to go through, and if odds are against them, they will resort to supporting an opposition candidate in the general elections.

“We know when things reach up there at the tallying Centre, there is a lot of bribery. But we want to assure you that we shall rally behind an opposition candidate in the general elections if Mugerwa is declared the winner today because most of the polling stations, its Jackson who has won,” he said.

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On the position of Woman Councilor Kira Municipality, Rebbeca Waligita smashed her only opponent Suzan Kansiime with a range of over 400 votes at the same polling station.

Waligita scored 507 votes, while Kansiime got 106 votes.

Final results of the polls are expected to be announced at the tallying Centre in Kiira Municipality headquarters in Wakiso District today Monday September 14.

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