KALUNGU. Mr Mathias Kintu Musoke, who lost the Kalungu East parliamentary seat in the NRM primaries, has rejected the poll results, citing gross irregularities and announced his defection to presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s camp.
Mr Musoke, who polled 8,755 votes against state minister for Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja’s 10,777 votes, claims the election was marred by ballot stuffing, multiple voting, missing names and intimidation of voters in favour of his opponent. He said the rigging was done with full knowledge of the security personnel and party registrars in the area.
Mr Musoke cited Kapere, Kamuwunga and Lukaya Central Zone polling stations, where he claimed party members voted several times and declaration forms were doctored.
Course of action
“Now that we have learnt all the tricks they used to rig, we are set to organise our camp to challenge their candidate (Ssempijja) in the general election and I am sure we will defeat him,” he added.
“Basing on what I witnessed in the polls, I even lost hope of petitioning the party electoral commission. It is obvious that I will not get justice.”
However, the incumbent, Mr Ssempijja, denied allegations of rigging, saying he worked hard and deserved the victory.
He urged his rival to concede defeat and rally behind him for the good of the party and the constituency.
“Our people want development, which I think has partly been done in the few years I have been an MP. Let him join me to bring more development to our area,’ he added.
In a related development, Ms Margaret Ntambaazi, who lost the party flagship for the Kalungu District Woman MP seat, has petitioned the NRM electoral commission, citing irregularities.
Ms Ntambaazi garnered 7,157 votes against Ms her rival, Ms Aisha Ssekindi’s 8,642 in last Tuesday’s election.