Mujungu, the National Resistance Movement - NRM candidate polled 12,088 votes to defeat his closest rival Jackson Mbaju of the National Unity Platform who had 6,866 votes.
Mujungi has been declared winner of the hotly contested by-election
Thembo Gideon Mujungu has been elected the Busongora South Constituency Member of Parliament.
Mujungu, the National Resistance Movement - NRM candidate polled 12,088 votes to defeat his closest rival Jackson Mbaju of the National
Unity Platform who had 6,866 votes.
The Forum for Democratic Change - FDC candidate Aloysius Kighema Baguma
came third polling 5,564 votes, while Benadet Businge of the Democratic Party-DP
polled 84 votes only.
The Independent candidate David Mulindwa Isimwa got 2,093 votes and Doreen
Izaagire polled only 32 votes. Mujungu was declared the winner
by the Kasese District Returning Officer, Takih Ismail Takih Atwijukire last night.
of the opposition are not happy saying the exercise was largely militarized. The former leader of opposition Winnie Kiiza, who was backing Mbaju says soldiers were largely involved in controlling the exercise with some of them voting even when they were not in the registers.
She also decried Police's action to arrest Kighema when the candidate stormed the Katunguru Primary School polling station after his agents notified him about some irregularities. The candidate was later in the afternoon released by Police.
Ernest Kasoke, the Chief Mobilizer for Mbaju was also reportedly arrested by armed men for unknown reasons. Saulo Maate, the Kasese district FDC chairperson says they will prepare to challenge the outcome.
The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal
nullified the election of NRM’s Mujungu last month on grounds that the
elections were marred by gross irregularities.
Three Justices of Appeal led by Fredrick Egonda
Ntende overturned the decision of the High Court in Fort Portal and concurred
with Thembo’s rival Mbaju that there were irregularities at Katunguru Primary
school, Katunguru Market, and Busunga Primary school polling stations in Kasese
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.