Former Rukiga County MP aspirant in last year’s parliamentary elections, Dr Alexander Kampikaho was this morning declared the NRM flag bearer for the Rukiga District LC5 seat.
Dr Alexander Kampikaho defeated Denis Wiley Nkwasibwe the former Kabale Youth chairman and Asiimwe Rwamwehare; garnering 15,551 votes (48.7%), to 11,479 (36.6%) and 4,375 votes (13.8%) respectively.
The 59 year old medical doctor contested in the 2006 parliamentary polls and lost, didn’t come back in 2011, but made another unsuccessful attempt in 2016, losing to Herbert Kabafunzaki.
Meanwhile, Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi won the district woman MP seat primaries, polling 2,0390 votes (39.4%), while her closest contender Victoria Abigail Atukunda got 10, 868 votes (34.5%). In the same race, Pamela Kyomugisha Kihumuro got 3,384 votes, Maureen Kyarisima 2,861 votes, Alice Basobokwe 806 votes and charity Tumubweine trailed with 752 votes.
The elections were announced by the Kabale, Rubanda and Rukiga districts NRM registrar Maurice Mugenga Keitaba at exactly 4am under tight security.
Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi said that she was overwhelmed by her success in the race being the first time she ever participated in politics.
Emmy Ngabirano The newly appointed RDC for Rukiga who headed a security committee described the exercise as peaceful, free and fair and thanked all stakeholders for observing the Electoral guidelines.
The Electoral commission has set 24th and 25th September 2017 at the days when nominations are to be held at the Rukiga district headquarters in Rwamucucu while the main elections are scheduled for 21th September 2017.