Ssewandigi was facing competition from his son Paul Ssekandi and the incumbent Lyantonde Town Council Chairperson, Mustafa Kalule for the NRM party flag. He, however, says he decided to withdraw from the primaries because of strong personal and family reasons.
The recount presided over by the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party-Electoral Commission Dr Tanga Odoi follows a petition filed by Rukutana challenging the outcome that gave victory to his political nemesis Naome Kabasharira.
Sebaggala, who believes he is the right candidate for the position, given his loyalty to the party and leadership experience, promises to work hard for the betterment of Kampala. According to Sebaggala, once given the party card, he will work hard to ensure NUP wins the lord mayor’s seat.
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson says the candidates were arrested and charged for procuration of prohibited voters and doing an act that is most likely to spread an infectious disease
There was no regard for COVID-19 guidelines, of social distancing, washing hand and wearing face masks as supporters of the different candidates converged either in the jubilation of protest of the outcome.
Vincent Kavuma, NRM Makindye district Registrar says the polling stations that were cancelled had issues of rigging through exaggerating the number of votes, theft of declaration forms, intimidation of voters and bribery. They include Juuko zone in Kibuye 1, Busoke zone, as well as Estate and Nsambya central B parishes which have two polling stations each.
Byaruhanga was declared the winner with 8,987 votes defeating Moses Mubiru who polled 3,022 votes. The other people in the race included Adam Kibuka who garnered 2,430 votes accounting and James Buteera Kiyonga who managed only 76 votes.