Science and Technology Minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has been declared winner of the Sheema Municipality National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party primaries after beating seven other contestants.
Tumwesigye polled 9,224 votes to beat his closest challenger Raymond Kamugisha who polled 4,514 votes, Joseph Mwebesa with 2,932 votes, Jonas Tumwine with 2604 votes and David Kamukama 1,569 votes. The race attracted eight candidates.
He will now be nominated as the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate for the Parliamentary seat. Other aspirants for the seat are Dr Meshach Katusiime, the Former Vice-Chancellor of Ankole Western University, and Ambrose Mwesigye, the former Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner.
Dr Tumwesigye said that the outcome of the polls is a manifestation of the trust vested in him by the people of Sheema. He asked his challengers to join him and secure the seat for the ruling party.
Raymond Kamugisha, the minister’s closest challenger told our reporter that Dr Tumwesigye had been accorded special treatment throughout the campaign period by being allowed to hold independent rallies contrary to party guidelines that call for joint rallies.
Sheema municipality has a population of about 80,000 people scattered in 229 cells in the four Divisions of Kashozi, Kagango, Central and Kabwohe.
Meanwhile, Tarsis Rwaburindore has been declared the winner of the National Resistance Movement – NRM Party primaries for the Ibanda Municipality Parliamentary seat. Rwaburindore polled 6,621 votes, closely followed by Deusdedit Murinde with 6,225 votes and Peter Agaba with 4,394 votes.
Others in the race were Arthur Nuwagaba, Igne Igunduura, Nuwagira Lawrence, Mazirwe Bernard and Mugeni K. John.
Apollo Kibeherere, also won the ticket for the mayoral race with 10,655 votes beating Amon Mwijukye who polled 7,381 votes, Levis Kunanuka who got 1,728 and Louis Kaboine with 3,324 votes.