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Butaleja Win: NRM Blasts Opposition “Lies”

buy http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/holiday-snow.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Information Minister Mary Karooro Okurut on Tuesday hailed the electoral commission for being “efficient” in handling the election.

site http://citrusresearch.org/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php geneva;”>She further praised security forces for maintaining law and order and ensuring that, approved http://clockdodgers.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php “a few incidents aside, this was by and large, a good and peaceful exercise.”

At least 17 opposition members including FDC Vice President for eastern Uganda, Salaam Musumba, were arrested over what Police described as “hooliganism.”

Below is the party’s statement in full:

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) hereby congratulates the people of Butaleja on having successfully completed the by-election for the District Woman Member of Parliament (MP), which has seen NRM’s Florence Nebanda – win with 27,339 votes, to step into the shoes of her departed sister Hon. Cerinah Nebanda (RIP).

NRM also congratulates candidates Felista Namwihiri (FDC, 3,262), and independents Betty Hamba (12, 157), Perusi Munaba (1,332) and Sarah Annet Logose (3,393) whose eager and whole-hearted participation made this by-election an interesting and worthy contest. The people of Butaleja have spoken; the NRM assents.

Special thanks go to the Electoral Commission for its efficiency in conducting the election and the security forces for maintaining law and order and ensuring that, a few incidents aside, this was by and large, a good and peaceful exercise.

The election of Hon. Florence Nebanda arguably brings the curtain down on what has been an acrimonious last eight weeks following the unfortunate and untimely death of Hon. Cerinah Nebanda, during which some politicians made unfortunate and unsubstantiated utterances alleging, without a shred of evidence, that Government had killed Hon. Cerinah.

This has been a particularly tricky time for Ugandans who want to play clean politics. One lie after another as peddled by self seekers could not scuttle the democratic progress of our country. With Hon. Nebanda’s decision to fly the NRM flag and her overwhelming victory, their lies will stay stuck in their teeth.

This victory is in many ways therefore, a triumph of the truth. The people of Butaleja have always been NRM and will so remain – reason they have given Hon. Florence Nebanda the mandate to represent them in Parliament while waving the NRM flag high.

The NRM knows that with Florence Nebanda’s remarkable determination so far shown, she will ably represent her people. Under the wise and able guidance of the party leadership, Hon. Nebanda will develop into a sturdy and astute politician and she will effectively represent the people of Butaleja with distinction.

The triumph of NRM in yet another by-election (this coming on the heels of that of the youthful Proscovia Alengot Oromait, Usuk County in September 2012) is evidence that the party has addressed the issues that caused it losses in earlier by-elections.

This win does provide the party with a great platform on which to build future victories in any subsequent by-elections.

The entrance of another young politician into Parliament on an NRM ticket also bodes well for the future. It is a smear of an anti-ageing cream onto the face of a party that is ‘no longer young’. It shows that the ruling party is steadily regenerating its ranks and strengthening its appeal and hold on the country. No matter how old the party grows, it will stay very young, energetic, vibrant, innovative, effective and relevant.

Hon Nebanda’s victory is not just a victory for her but for people of Butaleja and the country as a whole. It is a beacon of hope for Ugandans. And now that this election is over and we are still beginning the year let us put aside unfruitful politicking. Let us get down to work to deliver services to our people.

HON KAROORO OKURUT (MP)

MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE

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