Ssekandi hospitalised after election loss

L-R Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, VP Edward Ssekandi, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Chief Justice Bart Katureebe at Parliament before Museveni digitally delivered his state of the nation address.

Uganda’s Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi was rushed to hospital after results from his Bukoto Central constituency showed that he had lost the parliamentary contest.

In Parliament since 1996, Ssekandi led a pack of more than a dozen members of President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s cabinet that were rejected by voters in Thursday’s parliamentary elections.

He garnered 5,865 votes against his rival, Richard Ssebamala’s 10,530 votes. The military deployed heavily at the Masaka district tally centre at Kyannamukaaka as the Masaka district returning officer Nicholas Asiime, halted the declaration of results.

At the time, Asiimwe was tallying results from Kyesiiga sub county which was put on hold as some NRM functionaries sought to change the results in Ssekandi’s favour.

But with a difference of more than 5,000 votes, the options were limited that Ssekandi told a senior military officer who had visited him at his residence in Masaka town, to let the will of the people reign.

Moments later, Ssekandi’s diabetes worsened, and at about 2pm on Friday, he was rushed to Bulamu Medical Centre in Masaka where he stayed for nearly six hours under the watch of his physician.

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