Election 2016

Ntungamo: Karuhanga to Stand As Independent Against Rukutana

Defeated Rushenyi NRM MP aspirant, sildenafil http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.photon.php Justus Karuhanga has vowed to contest as an independent candidate against Deputy Attorney General, see Mwesigwa Rukutana in the 2016 general elections.

Karuhanga said in a statement on Thursday that the declaration by the NRM Electoral Commission (EC) announcing Rukutana as the winner in the NRM primaries “had no basis, no logic behind it other than having been motivated by issues well known to them.”

He added: “As a candidate I do not accept the verdict reached by them since they were not fair judges as expected of them and also on the basis of internal information I am privy to but which I am not at liberty to share…”

Karuhanga accused Rukutana’s agents of rigging him out of the race, a claim the latter vehemently denies.

The announcement is a big blow to First Lady Janet Museveni’s intervention and efforts to avoid the possibility of a fight between two top NRM shots that would see the ruling party’s vote divided in the 2016 polls.

Such a situation would hand an opposition candidate a clear victory in Ntungamo District – the birthplace and stronghold of both Janet and President Museveni.

According to election results announced by NRM, Rukutana overwhelmingly floored Karuhanga whose supporters were accused of perpetrating acts of violence in the hotly-contested race.

Rukutana recently told ChimpReports that he was too strong on ground to be shaken by his rivals in the Constituency.

The wealthy politician, businessman, lawyer and confidant of President Museveni further said he had carried out extensive mobilisation campaigns which he was certain would guarantee his victory.

But Karuhanga argues that the Oct. 27 primaries were “marred by serious irregularities that led to the non declaration of a flag bearer until the 20th Nov 2015, almost a month after.”

He gave an example of the Sub-county of Ngoma whose results declaration forms were burnt.

Karuhanga, also a practising lawyer, cited Kayonza where he reportedly defeated Rukutana with a difference of 943 votes “but what was declared at the tally centre is a difference of 342, having wiped out my 600 votes.”

“Having weighed all options, I have come to the conclusion that the verdict does not reflect the wishes of the people of Rushenyi and for that reason and considering that I made serious promises to them I am left with no option other than offering myself as a candidate in the general elections which I believe will fairly determine the true desired leader of our area.”

NRM EC Speaks out

In a letter dated Nov. 24, NRM EC boss Tanga Odoi told Karuhanga that they had “perused your complaint and appreciates your commitment to the party,” adding, “Unfortunately, the Commission has not found sufficient evidence to warrant a change in the results which is subject of your complaint.”

Odoi said the “result therefore is upheld.”


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