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Wanyoto Finally Wins Mbale NRM Race as Galiwango Seeks Independent Ticket

Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, the Chairperson of the National NRM Women’s League has been declared the official NRM flag bearer for Mbale City in the 2021 General Elections.

Wanyoto was announced by John Waniala, the presiding officer after garnering 36,281 votes. She was followed by the incumbent Connie Nakayenze Galiwango, who scored 19,113 votes, Jalia Namasaba held the third position with 2,824 votes and Shadia Luwungule trailed with 1,506 votes.

The polls were reorganized in 58 Cells after the Declaration Forms, which had their results went missing.

Galiwango boycotted the polls after protesting what she called irregularities. In a letter to NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi, Galiwango wanted the polls to be repeated in the entire Mbale City not the 58 Cells that were determined by the Commission.

“You will recall that I wrote a letter dated September 6, providing evidence of forgery of some of the results on the declaration forms but up to now I have not received any written response from you to this effect,” She said in the letter

“In this regard, I am afraid to express to you my reservations on the proposed residual elections. However, if I were to comply with the proposed elections, I would rather that you prepare a complete re-run involving the entire Mbale City to permanently fix the injustices and unfairness to me instead of preparing elections in only 58 Cells,” the letter added.

Upon being declared, Wanyoto said, “Finally I have been declared the Mbale City Woman MP flag Bearer. I dedicate this victory to all the people of Mbale City, thanks for your patience,”

The polls which were held on September 4, were marred with violence amid allegations of corruption, bribery and altering of results, which forced the District leadership to forward the declaration of final winner to the top NRM EC Secretariat in Kampala.

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Last week, John Arimpa, the Vice Chairperson of the NRM EC announced the provisional results of 331 villages out of 389, where Wanyoto was leading.

This was protested by Galiwango, who from that time declared her intentions to run as an independent in the forthcoming general polls, a decision she has confirmed.

Who is Wanyoto?

Lydia Wanyoto Mutende is a lawyer, politician and diplomat, who served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of African Union Commission (DSRCC), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

From July 2014 until August 2014, she temporarily served as Head of the African Union Mission to Somalia. She was born in Mbale, in the Eastern Region of Uganda circa 1971.

In 2001, Wanyoto was elected to the first East African Legislative Assembly.

She was married to the late James Shinyabulo Mutende the former State Minister of Industry who died in October 2015.

In April 2019, Wanyoto was appointed to the board of directors of the National Planning Authority of Uganda, to serve a five-year term, renewable one time.

She is currently the Chairperson of the NRM National Women’s League; a position she has held since 2016.

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