rx http://chesapeakebaydiningguide.com/wp-includes/class-wp-metadata-lazyloader.php geneva; font-size: small; background-color: white;”>This was the seventh by-election where opposition was humiliating the ruling party NRM in less than two years.
At the tally center last night, the FDC’s Salaam Musumba could not hold her joy as the district returning officer, Vally Kanzira Tumwesigye read the results.
“How will I say this? NRM has all it takes, the cars, the money but for us we almost have nothing. This is the will of the people. NRM should hear what people are saying moreover loudly,” Musumba said amidst watery eyes.
Kiiza, the incumbent in the re-election, polled 97,669 votes while NRM’s Muhindo trailed her with 59,946. The DP’s Rosemary Masika got a miserable 1,229 votes.
A resident in Katwe-Kabatoro town council said it was a protest vote against the defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga whom they accuse of telling president Museveni lies about Kasese.
“President Museveni has never been told the truth about Kasese. Kiyonga always feeds him with lies and we have shown the whole world that they should not take us for granted. We love the NRM and we are its members, but if leaders do not come and listen to the issues that affect people, such surprises will never cease to happen,” Apollo Masereka said.
The results were declared after 2am and many FDC diehards, including Salaam Musumba, Nandala Mafabi, Mugisha Muntu, Alice Elaso among others persisted the cold until the last vote was announced.
For the NRM, it was only Minister Crispus Kiyonga and two councilors Rehema Aryema and Elphaz Muhindi who kept around.
Kiyonga looked very disturbed for each announcement made.
Mean while, by 8pm on Wednesday, the NRM camp at Ataco Hotel near Stanbic bank was abandoned as information started to come in that their candidate was losing.
Security agencies had also started to withdraw.
People danced the whole night and even in the morning there were still those who looked drunk others with hangover seen on their faces.