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Rukutana Leading in Rushenyi Vote Recount

Preliminary results from the vote recount in Rushenyi Constituency in Ntungamo district indicates that Labor State Minister, Mwesigwa Rukutana is leading the National Resistance Movement primary elections race with just 20 votes.

The NRM party Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi on Tuesday met the team of Rukutana and that of Naome Kabasharira at Plot 13, Kyadondo road to resolve on the controversy surrounding the earlier result.

The Ntungamo district NRM election officer Mirembe Maria on September 5, 2020 declared Kabasharira the winner with 24,006 votes against Rukutana’s 23,966 votes.

The declaration form was however not signed by Rukutana’s agent, who outrightly disagreed with the results.

Rukutana’s team petitioned the NRM EC with what they called overwhelming evidence to overturn the results.

These said in the petition that in Katabega village, Rubaare sub-county, Rukutana got 174 votes against Naome Kasharira’s 102 votes but the latter was only given 17 in the tally.

NRM EC officials are however still waiting for the result of Nyakahita cell where fighting started before the declaration of the result.

In Nyakahita, Rukutana got 172 votes while Kasharira polled 140.

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The registrar reportedly took off before declaring the results as supporters of the two leading candidates flexed muscles.

Rukutana’s team has the declaration form of Nyakahita cell but Kabasharira team reportedly didn’t pick it in protest.

Tanga is expected to hear from the registrar on Thursday before making final declaration on the winner of Rushenyi NRM Primaries.

The Rushenyi poll was characterized by violence leading to the arrest and charging of Rukutana with attempted murder.

Other candidates in the same race were Bob Karabayi, who garnered 2,266 votes, Niwahereza Nicolous (1,202) and Nomani Kashereka 346 votes.

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