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Bwanika Retains Wakiso District Seat as NRM Dominance Fades

Bwanika, one of the Democratic Party strongmen who crossed to National Unity Platform-NUP last year won the race with 195,306 votes, defeating his main challenger, the National Resistance Movement – NRM candidate Moses Mayanja who had 52,808 votes.
Bwanika being declared as winner

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Matia Lwanga Bwanika, the incumbent Wakiso District Chairman has obtained a third-term of office, after winning elections held on Wednesday.

Bwanika, one of the Democratic Party strongmen who crossed to National Unity Platform-NUP last year won the race with 195,306 votes, defeating his main challenger, the National Resistance Movement – NRM candidate Moses Mayanja who had 52,808 votes.

In the same race was Democratic Party’s Simon Nsubuga Mujambula who emerged third with 8,675 Votes, Moses Sseryazi, of the Forum for Democratic Change who polled 4,605 and JEEMA’s Ahmed Kaweesa Bigali who polled 2,350 votes.

However, moments before he was declared the winner of the election, people who were said to be Mayanja's agents were caught smuggling a bundle of declaration forms into the tally centre. These were sighted by a group of youths who grabbed the bag containing the fake forms throwing the district headquarters that hosted the tally centre into chaos.

The forms were confiscated by police officers who were also trying to rescue the said agents from an angry mob. As supporters from either side charged at each other, the Returning Officer, Tolbert Musinguzi delayed the results.

Mayanja who is also the outgoing LC III chairperson of Masuulita Town Council conceded defeat but distanced himself from the group that was smuggling forms into the tally centre. The returning officer declined to comment on the matter.  

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Cue out…kola birala.”//  

Bwanika ran a campaign on the basis of the fight against environmental destruction in the district whose wetlands and forest reserves are dwindling as human settlements expand.

Meanwhile, NRM continued to suffer defeat even in renowned strongholds of Masuulita, Namayumba, Mende and Kakiri. NUP which co-opted a large number of DP’s faction led by Bwanika in the district broke NRM’s long dominance in the district council.      

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