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Ntungamo: Gun Fire as Locals Protest Rukutana Victory

Gun fire and tear gas on Wednesday afternoon rocked Rwahi, Rwentobo and Rubaare towns in Rushenyi county in Ntungamo district as police battled angry residents that had cut off the Ntungamo-Kabale road accusing the ruling NRM party of rigging the just concluded primary election in favour of Minister Rukutana.

The rowdy residents in their hundreds called for the resignation of the Ntungamo NRM Registrar Maria Mirembe.

One of the people who were injured in the scuffle

This followed yesterday’s announcement State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana was now in the lead following a recount of votes after the hotly contested elections for the Rushenyi County MP seat.

Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman revealed Tuesday that after a vote recount, Rukutana was leading his contender Naome Kabasharira.

Initially Kabasharira had been declared winner of the election with 24,006 votes against Rukutana garnered 23,966 votes leaving a difference of only 40 votes.

While Mr Rukutana had rejected the out-come of the election, the aftermath was overshadowed by an incident where he was caught on video, appearing to draw a gun against two campaign agents of his opponent.

The minister was eventually arrested, charged with attempted murder and remanded.

However, upon his release on bail on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, Dr Tanga announced that following a recount of 12 polling areas, the minister is now in the lead.

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On Wednesday morning, residents of to the three towns of Rubaare, Rwahi and Rwentobo took on the roads and erected barricades and begun burning tyres blocking all vehicles that were using the road for close to two hours

In response, police led by the Ntungamo DPC Damian Katwesiime intervened and dispersed using tear gas and live bullets.

In the scuffle as the protesters hurled projectiles at the police, a number of people were injured.

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