Protests Engulf Rushenyi in Ntungamo District Over Delayed Poll Results

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • September 18, 2020

Police and the army were on Friday morning engaged in running battles with supporters of former Ntungamo Woman Member of Parliament Naome Kabasharira, who were protesting delays in declaring the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for Rushenyi parliamentary seat in Ntungamo District.

Earlier, the NRM electoral commission indicated that Ms Kabasharira was leading in the race but following a vote recount Labour State minister Mwesigwa Rukutana was declared in the lead with 20 votes.

Protesters yesterday blocked the Ntungamo– Kabale road at Rwahi Township, bringing traffic to a standstill as they chanted anti- Tanga Odoi (the party EC chairperson) messages.

They also pelted stones, sticks, and burnt tyres in the middle of the road as they demanded their candidate to be declared the winner.

For close to an hour, two police officers tried to engage them in peaceful resolution in vain until a  truckload of police officers and the army came into action.
To disperse the surging protesters, police fired bullets and tear gas while the army used sticks to beat up and disperse those who had gathered at Rwahi.

More than 300 vehicles, including buses and trailers, remained parked on the high way following the commotion.
Mr Damian Twakire Nsonore, a resident of Kyoruhega Kayonza Sub County, says he was disappointed when Mr Odoi announced that Mr Rukutana was leading yet the Ntungamo electoral commission had earlier declared Ms Kabasharira winner.

“We lined up at polling stations, defeated Rukutana in day light and Kabasharira was announced winner in Ntungamo but someone from Kampala has different results. This is what has been happening since 2011. We vote in Ntungamo but results are announced in Kampala,” Mr Nsonore said.