NRM loses in Masindi youth rowdy poll

Mr Muzamil Bagire (Independent), talks to the press after being declared winner of the Kijura village council youth secretary in Central Division, Masindi Municipality on Monday, August 17, 2020. (Photo: Yosamu Gucwaki).

Youth elections today (Monday) turned chaotic at Kijura Central Cell in Central Division, Masindi Municipality over the election of the village youth secretary.

Two aspirants including NRM’s Ms Esther Karungi and Independent Mr Muzamil Bagire contested for the seat.

Mayhem ensued when the presiding officer, Mr Robert Tumwesige, declared Mr Bagire winner of the poll. This did not go well with Ms Karungi’s supporters who contested the results leading to a bitter disagreement.

Mr Bagire’s supporters contested Ms Karungi’s age and residence. One of the voters who did not identify himself to the press said that Ms Karungi was above the youth age group and that she was not a resident of the area.

Audio: Voter on commotion (Runyoro/Rutooro)

However, Ms Karungi’s supporters quashed the claims insisting that their candidate had won the poll.

The presiding officer decided to have the poll re-conducted on police intervention.

The election that was by lining up behind the candidates saw Ms Karungi stand down resulting into Mr Bagire being a winner by garnering 13 votes.

Mr Sunday Kafumbe, the Kijura Central cell secretary for production, dismissed allegations that Ms Karungi was not a resident of the area and condemned the misconduct exhibited during the election.

Audio: on election (Runyoro/Rutooro)
Independent leaning Mr Muzamil Bagire (in dry banana leaves)jubilates with his supporters after being declared winner (Photo: Yosamu Gucwaki).

However, Mr Tumwesige who presided over the poll said that finally the election ended with a winner declared though there was chaos at the beginning.

Audio: Tumwesige on election (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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