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NRM Primaries: Seven Days later, Mbale City Woman MP Flag Bearer Remains Undeclared as Party Mayoral, District Boss Polls Take Shape

The final winner of the hotly contested position of the NRM Flag bearer for the Woman Member of Parliament has remained unknown, seven days after.

The contest is between four candidates; Lydia Wanyoto who is the Chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Women’s League, the incumbent Connie Nakayenze Galiwango alias Mama Mbale, Jalia Namasaba and Shadia Luwungule.

The final tallying of the polls at Maluku Hall (Lukhobo) was marred with allegations of rigging votes, violence and alleged bribery, which led to the postponement of the declaration of results to Saturday September 5, which also failed due to violence and the final say was referred to the NRM top Electoral Commission in Kampala.

This resolution was reached during a crisis meeting that was chaired by the Mbale Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Suleiman Barresi Ogajo, with all the contestants, the Mbale District NRM Registrar and other Security officials.

While appearing at NBS TV on Monday this week, Tango Odoi the Chairperson of the NRM Electoral Commission said some state actors who participated in these polls tried to exert their influence so that the polls are declared in their favor.

It is alleged that Registrars in two Sub Counties altered results on the declaration forms which brought the confusion during the final tallying.

These NRM registrars of Lwasso and Bukonde Sub Counties were arrested on Tuesday this week and detained at Mbale Central Police Station.

The results were reportedly altered in favor of Wanyoto which sparked a furry at Lukhobo on Friday.

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While addressing the press at her offices in Mbale this week, Wanyoto said that she would not contest on the independent ticket in the 2021 general elections, if she does not win the flag.

“Results from the three Sub Counties of Lwasso, Bukonde and Bungokho Mutoto, where I won with a big margin are genuine just because the voters in those Sub Counties are very many,” she said.

This is not the first time for Wanyoto and Nakayenze to appear in the same competition of the NRM primaries.

It is not clear when the party will decide the final flag bearer because the primaries for Districts chairpersons and Mayors are taking shape today Friday, September 11, and Monday September 14, 2020.

Meanwhile, the former Mbale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Hajji Umar Nangoli, on Thursday this week joined the hundreds of the NRM losers who petitioned the party electoral commission.

Nangoli who expected to be declared the winner was surprised when his counterpart Ahmed Wafuba was declared under what he called unclear circumstances.

Wafuba got 8349 votes beating his four counterparts; Nangoli who got 8,318 votes, Peter Magomu Mashate scored 6113 votes, Walimbwa Wagidoso 6005 while Mark Wambede got 452.

Nangoli noted that the results of the Northern Region Member of Parliament Seat that were declared by Bonnie Wamuga, the Division NRM Registrar had been altered by him (Wamuga) under the influence of Wafuba.

It is reported that Nangoli upon hearing the alteration of the results, reacted angrily by slapping Wamuga, who he accused of conniving with his competitor to rig the polls which led to his arrest and detained till Wednesday this week.

In his petition, Nangoli wants the polls to be re-counted and given the rightful victory because he says he is the winner.

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