Former district speaker Thomas Kategere beats four candidates to emerge as the party flag bearer for the forthcoming district LC 5 by-election.
The National Resistance Movement party in Kamuli on Saturday concluded primaries for the by-election to fill the vacant position of LC 5 chairperson with former district speaker, Mr Thomas Kategere, emerging winner.
Five candidates; Thomas Kategere, Karoli Dhizaala, Michael Kifubangabo, Godfrey Bamulange and Gerald Menya were in the contest.
The exercise overseen by the party’s electoral commissioner, Dr Elijah Mushemeza, saw Mr Kategere polling 27487 votes followed by Mr Dhizaala 19,104, while Mr Kifubangabo polled 11,077 votes. Others were Mr Bamulange with 2,344, and Mr Menya who got 2,267 votes. Tallying went on until 3am when the final winner was declared.
However, Mr Karoli Dhizaala, the second runner-up, said the poll was flawed as the register had not been verified and said there was massive ballot stuffing. “In light of this, I have decided to stand as an independent candidate,” he said.
Mr Kifubangabo, who also concurred with Mr Dhizaala on irregularities, said he would first consult with the people before deciding on the next move. Mr Menya, a former parliamentarian, however, accepted the outcome of the results.
Dr Mushemeza said in spite of a few flaws, the poll showed that NRM was strong and able to carry out a credible internal poll.
The district top position fell vacant after court found that Hajj. Kawooya Kawugu Mugaino, who won the February 2011 election, did not have the minimum academic qualifications required for the position.