The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has conceded defeat in the just concluded Rukungiri Woman MP b-election.
The party candidate Winfred Masiko lost to the opposition candidate Betty Muzanira in a four woman-race.
Muzanira garnered 50, 611 while Masiko got 46, 329 votes.
In the third place was former state Minister of public service in charge of pensions Prisca Ssezi Mbaguta who was also once a district Woman MP after he got only 993 votes.
Fabith Kukundakwe of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) trailed with an embarrassing figure of 183 votes.
“Going by the official results released by the Electoral Commission earlier this morning, we lost the by-election in Rukungiri to FDC. The Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba will shortly table these results before the Central Executive Committee ( CEC ) for further administrative guidance,” reads a statement issued by the NRM communications officer Rogers Mulindwa.
“We however continue to express dismay over the errant party members who opposed the official party position and never walked the journey with us. NRM lost the race but there are good signs of winning the bigger battle in this area in future,” adds the statement.
There have been a total of 36 by-elections involving only the positions of MPs and District Chairpersons across the country. Of these, NRM has won 27, FDC 2 (Jinja East and Rukungiri) , DP 1 (Kyotera) and the remaining 6 slots have gone to independents.
“This performance is evident that NRM is the most treasured political party in our country. From Rukungiri we are going back to the drawing board to evaluate ourselves and set winning strategies for the pending by-elections. But to achieve our expected targets, discipline and teamwork among members will be a required priority,” Mulindwa added.