Hundreds of locals in Rubanda East County on Tuesday held a demonstration accusing the NRM electoral commission of trying to steal the victory of Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema in the recent party parliamentary primary elections.
Holding placards and blowing whistles, the group accused the commission chairman Tanga Odoi of delaying to announce the results in the constituency.
The NRM elections tribunal led by Dr. Tanga Odoi announced that after a vote recount, they would declare the winner in 2 days, which was supposed to be Sunday September 27, 2020, yet this never happened.
On September 5th, according to the results that were announced by an official from national NRM Electoral Commission Gaudioza Kabondo and the Rubanda district NRM party Registrar Aggrey Monday, Henry Musasizi was declared the winner with 23,330 votes, defeating Biryabarema who garnered 22,412 votes.
However, the NRM commission withheld the official results following a petition from Biryabarema’s supporters.
Residents of Bubare, Nyamweru Sub-county and Hamuhambo town council who were party of the Tuesday demonstration, said their candidate, Biryabarema was the winner of the primaries and his victory should not be stolen.
The Rubanda DPC, Tai Ramathan told our reporter that they had to disperse the protestors because they did not seek permission from police to demonstrate.
“We could not allow them to demonstrate because we were not sure of their intentions. Additionally, they did not seek permission for it, so we dispersed them with sticks,” Ramathan said.