CEC: Losers and Winners in NRM CEC Elections, Salim and Kyaligonza still trailing

The national delegates conference of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) was held at each of the district headquarters to approve endorsement of President Museveni as national chairperson and presidential flag bearer.

The elections, held by circular resolution where delegates voted by signing or thumbprinting in a book against the photos of candidates also confirmed Mr Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo as first national vice chairperson.

The conference also elected the second national vice-chairperson (female) and the six regional vice-chairpersons for Karamoja, eastern, northern, western, central, and Kampala regions.

Kadaga Vs Namuganza

According to results declared by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi, this morning, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, scored 6,776 votes against the State Minister for Lands, Ms Persis Namuganza’s 3,882 votes; for the second national vice chairperson slot.

Oulanyah Vs Engola

It was another bull fight for the position of vice chairperson for northern Uganda, an area that the NRM has since pulled off from the Opposition after the end of the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency.

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oalanyah scored 7,473 votes against the incumbent Sam Engola’s 1,665 votes. Timothy Okee Jokene got 895 votes while Dr Odongo Oledo ganered only 277 votes

Mukula Vs Tana

The battle for the vice-chairperson for eastern Uganda attracted four people against incumbent Capt Mike Mukula. But after the CEC vetting, he only had the former Tororo Municipality MP, Mr. Sanjay Tana, and Ms. Christine Hariet Akello as his competitor.

By press time, with results from 16 districts yet to be tallied, the incumbent, Capt Mike Mukula, had got 5,818 votes against his closest rival Sanjay Tana who had 4,162 votes. Akello Christine the other candidate in the race had 162 votes.

Nyakana, Singh, Uhuru

The battle for vice chairperson for greater Kampala region attracted the former Rubaga North MP, Mr Singh Katongole, and Mr Salim Uhuru, to challenge incumbent Mr Godfrey Nyakana.

The one who wins Kampala is expected to play a key role in uprooting the Opposition parties that are in control at most levels.

Katongole scored 4,503 votes against Nyakana’s 2,665 votes. Salim Uhuru came third with 2,466 votes.

Kyaligonza Vs Baryomunsi

The Uganda Ambassador to Burundi, Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, faced six people in the battle to retain his seat as vice chairperson for western region. Despite the region recording the highest number of contestants, the battle was mainly between him and the State Minister for Housing, Dr Chris Baryomunsi.

Chris Baryomunsi defeated the incumbent Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza with 5,947 votes against 2,550. In the same race, Florence Kintu Tumwine came third with 1,875, followed by Muhangi Wilberforce with 1,255 votes, Boaz Kafuda fifth with 602 votes and Dr Diini Kisembo with 224 votes.

Buganda Region

For vice chairman Buganda region, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, the State Minister for Tourism, took the day after defeating his closest challenger Moses Karangwa Kalisa. Kiwanda got 4,749 votes against Karangwa’s 3,701.

Other contestants in the race were Kiganda Twaha Ssonko who got 1,048 votes, Mayengo Moses who got 127 votes and Magaro John 675.

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