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Rukutana Wins Controversial Rushenyi NRM Primaries

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According to Odoi, Rukutana polled 25310 votes (46.27 %) beating his closest rival, Naome Kabasharira who garnered 25290 votes (46.23%). Bob Nahabwe came third with 2270 votes followed by Nicholas Niwahereza with 1229 votes, Norman Beigana Kashereka 350 votes and Elia Bwagara Mwesigwa 256 votes.
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State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana is the winner of the Rushenyi County National Resistance Movement- NRM party Primary election. He was declared by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Odoi, Rukutana polled 25,310 votes (46.27 per cent) to beat his closest rival, Naome Kabasharira who garnered 25,290 votes (46.23 per cent). Bob Nahabwe came third with 2,270 votes followed by Nicholas Niwahereza with 1,229 votes, Norman Beigana Kashereka 350 votes and Elia Bwagara Mwesigwa 256 votes.

“I therefore declare Mwesigwa Rukutana who has polled the highest number of votes as the duly elected NRM flag bearer for Rushenyi Constituency Member of Parliament 2020,” he said. The declaration brings an end to questions that were raised shortly after the Ntungamo District NRM Registrar, Maria Mirembe declared Kabasharira winner of the highly contested primaries. 

The declaration prompted Rukutana to petition Dr Odoi for a vote recount. However, both candidates raised queries on the controversy surrounding voting in Nyakahita village in Rugarama Sub County, which forced Odoi to visit the area over the weekend to establish facts on the ground before making the final declaration of the party candidate.

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A group of people suspected to be supporters of Kabasarira have been demonstrating in Rwahi, Rubaare and Rwentobo town councils in Ntungamo district for the past week protesting the earlier declaration by Odoi that put Rukutana in the lead with 20 votes and delayed declaration of the winner. 

On September 21, 2020, Odoi threatened to disqualify the candidate behind the demonstrations and asked for two days to declare the winner.

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