Friday February 19 2016

Minister Banyenzaki concedes defeat

Eng Denis Sabiiti (middle) celebrates with supporters

Eng Denis Sabiiti (middle) celebrates with supporters after defeating Mr Banyenzaki 


KABALE-The State Minister of Economic monitoring Mr Henry Banyenzaki has conceded defeat after losing to Eng Denis Sabiiti for the Rubanda West Parliamentary seat.

Accepting defeat, Mr Banyenzaki said what happened was "God’s will”.

Mr Banyenzaki who has been the area legislator since 2001 says God has already opened another door for him to serve "his people".

"I am happy that people loved and voted me for all these many years. It was purely God’s will that I was defeated in this race because many voters appreciated my development programs but they opted to vote for my opponent,” he said.  “I will serve the people of Rubanda West whenever I can because they have showed love to me”.

Mr Banyenzaki lost the NRM party primaries last year to the Eng Sabiiti, a retired civil servant but challenged the election in the High Court seeking nullification on grounds that the polls were rigged.

Court dismissed the case saying that he had no locus standi since he opted to contest as and independent.

The Kabale District Returning Officer Mr Adams Shesha Juma on Friday afternoon declared Eng Sabiiti as winner after getting 24,106 votes while his closest rival Mr Henry Banyenzaki got 18,775 votes.

Others in the race were Isaiah Muhumuza (134 votes), Mr  Ruhangariyo (382 votes)  and Mr Leonard Twesigye (174 votes)