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How Bobi Wine Swept Kyadondo East By-election

Vote counting going on in Kyadondo.
Bobi Wine with supporters celebrating on Thursday.

By mid-day, it was evident that singer Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine was destined to win the Kyadondo East by-election.

His supporters started jubilation as early as 4:30pm before counting of votes.

At 7 pm after counting of votes from most of the polling stations, Ghetto president as he is referred to by locals arrived at Kasangati Saza grounds, the official tally centre followed by a swarm of supporters.

Not even policemen or military police could stop them and these could not help standing on top of the APCs and watch Bobi Wine march triumphantly.

The official results from the 93 polling stations in Kyadondo East constituency were declared at 9:40 by Francis Nkurunziza, the Wakiso district returning officer.

Bobi Wine's fans started celebrations as early as 4pm.

Bobi Wine’s fans started celebrations as early as 4pm.

“I declare Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to be the elected candidate for Kyadondo East,” Nkurunziza announced amid ululations from Bobi Wine’s supporters.

The singer had garnered 25659 votes against NRM’s Sitenda Sebalu’s 4556, a landslide win after trouncing his closest opponent by over 20,000 votes.

Bobi Wine won the Kyadondo East election by 77 percent of the total votes cast on the day.

FDC’s Apollo Kantinti came third with 1832 votes, Nkunyingi Muwada- 575 and Kayongo Sowedi Male with 377 votes.

At the end of the polls, the singer had won at all the 93 polling stations in the constituency with a big margin.

For example, at Wampeewo primary school where NRM’s Sebalu voted, of the 4 polling stations, Bobi Wine garnered 1,017 votes against his closest opponent’s 249.

Military police patrolling Kasangati streets.

Military police patrolling Kasangati streets.

The singer had beaten Sebalu in the latter’s own backyard.

Speaking shortly after being declared the winner, Kyagulanyi said the win reflected the people’s will and power to cause change.

“This is people’s power and the ideas I stand for. It is not my win, “he retorted.

Violence

Earlier, the by-election was marred with violence at polling stations that was calmed by police.

Nsangi LC3 chairman Hajji Abdul Kiyimba was nearly lynched by a group of Bobi Wine supporters who accused him of fermenting vote rigging at Wampeewo primary school polling station.

He would later be saved by police that whisked him away from the angry supporters.

Kampala Metropolitan Area Commander Frank Mwesigwa later issued orders barring supporters from standing near polling stations as a way of curbing chaos.

Meanwhile at Kasangati resort hotel, police battled with opposition supporters who wanted to force their way into the facility.

These claimed that it was being used to house boxes of pre-ticked ballots by the ruling NRM party in the favour of its candidate Sitenda Sebalu.

Police was later engaged in running battle with the supporters who wanted to storm the facility.

Many of them were arrested before the situation calmed.

A few hours to the close of voting, military police deployed in Kasangati to beef up security as vote counting drew closer.

Win Against NRM , FDC

Bobi Wine’s landslide victory was seen by many including himself as one against the ruling NRM party and the biggest opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change.

“It has shown that politics has shifted from leadership of parties to serving people, “Bobi Wine said.

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko however noted that the victory confirmed the strength of independents in the politics of the country.

Bobi Wine with supporters celebrating on Thursday.

“The arrogance of parties saying people mist do certain things should stop,” the former ‘rebel MP’ said.

“Parties should stop allocating themselves as majority .Let them listen to voices of the independents.”

The NRM had brought its chairman, President Yoweri Museveni to personally canvas votes for Sebalu whereas FDC sought the services of opposition and area strongman Dr.Kizza Besigye to address supporters on Kantinti’s rallies.

NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba said the outcome of the Kyadondo by-election was a clear signal to the ruling party to re-organise itself.

“As a party, we must go back to the drawing board because this election brings a new phenomenon to the politics of the country,” Lumumba said.

The NRM Secretary General noted the election showed that politics is not static.

The Kyadondo by- election also saw an unprecedented voter turn up according to observers.

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