NRM elects flag bearer for Buhweju
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
The voting, although commended for being free and fair, was disrupted by rain which delayed results.
Ms Oliver Koyekyenga has been declared the NRM party flag bearer for Buhweju District Woman MP after defeating six other candidates in the primaries. Ms Koyekyenga garnered 13,983 votes (46.4 per cent) while her closest challenger, Ms Alison Byamukama got 8,181 votes, (27.1 per cent).
The voting exercise was, however, interrupted by a downpour at 4pm that lasted for close to three hours. According to the district NRM chairperson, Mr Everest Bakeija, the rain delayed delivery of results from polling centres to the tally centre at the district headquarters in Nsiika.
“Results were still being delivered up to midnight, but they were not tampered with,” he said. Mr Vary Arinaitwe, the district returning party officer, announced the results at 3.30pm yesterday. Ms Koyekyenga is the wife of Mr Aloysius Koyekyenga, an elder brother of Eng John Bosco Kariisa, whose wife Joy Kariisa, occupied the seat. She died on September 8.
Eng Kariisa was accused by other candidates before President Museveni in Rwakitura last week of trying to ‘anoint’ Ms Koyekyenga as the flag bearer, claiming the latter had tasked him to look for a suitable person. The President, had after their nominations in Kampala, asked the seven candidates to select a flag bearer without going through the primaries.
However, none of the candidates accepted to pull out. “Eng Kariisa said you asked him to choose someone, if that is the case, why are we going into an election?” a husband to one of the candidates, reportedly asked the President.
Mr Museveni denied tasking the engineer and is said to have asked him to tell his accusers if he (Mr Museveni) had indeed assigned him. Eng Kariisa remained silent, according to Mr Bakeija. Mr Bakeija said they had convened a meeting yesterday of all those that contested, but Ms Byamukama and Ms Kellen Agaba Muguzi who emerged the third, did not show up. “All others conceded defeat and promised to support the winner,” he said.
When contacted to comment on the results, Ms Byamukama said: “I am now not in position to give a comment. I will comment when I am ready.” Ms Koyekyenga commended the exercise for being free and fair. “The exercise was smooth; my supporters did what they were supposed to do. But in politics, some people remain unsatisfied,” she said.
Meanwhile, four FDC members have shown interest in the seat according to the party national Youth leader Francis Mwijukye. They include Ms Eves Kafureeka, Ms Clare Ayebazibwe, Ms Jane Bwiruka and Ms Frances Ndyahebwa.