Imprisoned NUP Candidate Wins Elections in Nansana

By URN

Mr John Bosco Sserunkuma, an imprisoned National Unity Platform (NUP) die-hard and candidate for district councillor Nansana westward, Nansana Municipality has been voted to represent the electoral area on the Wakiso District Council.

Sserunkuma is one of the more than 100 supporters of NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi who were arrested in Kalangala District in December. Although he was granted bail by the Masaka Chief Magistrates court, he was rearrested and paraded before the Military Court in Makindye, where he, and several others were charged with possession of military stores.

However, as the presidential election date drew closer, there were widespread allegations that Sserunkuma had died from the Kitalya Mini-Max Prison. But the prison service quickly dismissed the claims as false and baseless.

Stephen Mukalazi, one of Sserunkuma’s agents, noted that his arrest not only caused chaos among his support base from the electoral area but weakened the campaigning activities. Mukalazi added that the death allegation also struck them with shock as many people remained uncertain.  

“How can we vote for a dead man?” many of the voters reportedly said when approached by the campaign team in search for votes, according to Mukalazi. They were also uncertain about the situation until they visited Kitalya to confirm that their candidate was still alive .

Godfrey Simbwa, a friend to Sserunkuma said that during his absence, several NUP supporters and leaders in the areas vigorously campaigned for him and also paid agents who were at each polling station on his behalf.

Sserunkuma obtained 2,343 Votes while his main challenger Kibirige Kasule of the Democratic Party who git only 480 votes.

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