By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Ever since the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi announced that there will be a recount of votes cast during the NRM primaries in Rushenyi County where State
Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana had lost to Naomi Kabasharira, people suspected there would be different results and so it is.
Dr Tanga Odoi has declared Rukutana the “rightful” winner after a two-week long process of vote recounting.
The new results indicate that Rukutana won after gathering 25,310 votes compared to Kabasharira’s 25,290 votes.
It should be noted that Rukutana rejected the results of the first vote counting that were released on September 4, 2020, which prompted him to draw a gun and shoot at two people, damaging their car in the process, an action that landed him in jail for two weeks until his release on bail last week. This is a classic “from jail to victory” story.
Speaking after numerous members contested the results of the elections and the violence that ensued afterwards, party chairman and President Yoweri Museveni said that all aggrieved candidates would be accorded a recount and the violent ones prosecuted.
The NRM primaries were aimed at identifying and endorsing NRM party flagbearers ahead of the much anticipated 2021 general election.