Nyabushozi MP Col Fred Mwesigye has bounced back as NRM flag bearer after the cancellation of the residual primary elections in 28 villages which had been scheduled for October 6.
The elections had been called on the orders of party chairman, Yoweri Museveni following a petition by Wilson Kajwengye who challenged the outcome of the September 4 NRM primaries on grounds of voter bribery and intimidation among other electoral malpractices.
In response to his petition, Museveni deployed investigators whose report indicated that results of 56 villages had been changed but accused Kajwengye of causing chaos and disrupting voting in 28 of the 200 polling stations in the constituency.
Museveni directed for fresh voting in the 28 villages but as residents prepared to vote today, Kajwengye announced that he was withdrawing from the race, accusing the NRM electoral commission of failure to comply to Museveni’s directives.
The NRM electoral commission had organized for elections in 26 villages instead of 28.
Christopher Bakashaba, another contestant also withdrew casting doubt on the possibility of having a free and fair election.
According to results released on September 5, by David Agom Andinda, the party’s returning officer for Kiruhura district, Col Mwesigye won with 36,147 votes against Kajwengye’s 13,248 votes while Christopher Bakashaba trailed with 5,601 votes.