By APN Reporter
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change Betty Bamukwasa Muzanira
has won the Rukungiri District Woman Member of Parliament seat.
Muzanira was declared winner by the Rukungiri District Returning
Officer, Umar Kiyimba on Friday morning at exactly 5:25AM
Muzanira garnered 50,611 votes defeating her closed contender, Winfred
Komuhangi Matsiko of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) who
polled 46,379 votes.
Fabith Kukundakwe of Peoples Progressive Party-PPP got 183 votes,
while independent Prisca Sezi Bessy Mbaguta polled 993 votes.
Muzanira hailed voters for protecting their votes from being
mismanaged. The leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Winnie Kiiza
faulted the electoral commission chairperson for failure to punish
returning officers at district level who are implicated in mismanaging
But, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi said that most of returning
officers implicated in recent mismanaging elections are under
investigations. Byabakama also says that the exercise was peaceful.
Earlier, Kiyimba had cancelled results from Burora Parish Headquarters
polling station in Burora parish, Nyarushanje sub county. This
followed the mismatch of the results of FDC’s Betty Muzanira and NRM’s
Winnie Matsiko on the copy of the returning officer and the
While announcing preliminary results at around 01:30am, the Rukungiri
District Returning Officer,Umar Kiyimba announced that, Muzanira
polled 30 votes while Matsiko polled 695 votes. However, the results
were objected by the Muzanira herself, FDC leaders who include, the
Rukungiri Municipality legislator, Roland Mugume Kaginda, Patrick
Amruat Oboi, Winnie Kiiza and Mugisha Muntu.
FDC leaders stormed the table of returning officer with signed
declaration forms claiming that Muzanira had garnered 117 votes while
Matsiko had polled 276 votes.
This forced Kiyimba to suspend tallying exercise for about two and a
half hours as he sorts out the matter. During the course at exactly
03:07:AM, power went off in the tally room up to 03:19AM. Later,
Kiyimba canceled the results saying that the results on declaration
forms were not varying.
Immediately after the cancellation of results, Matsiko moved out of
the tally center and drove off. She protested Kiyimba’s decision as
unfair and biased.
Last month, the Court of Appeal, declared the seat vacant following a
successful petition by Muzanira. Muzanira lost to Matsiko in the
February 2016 elections but petitioned court citing voter bribery.
High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga had on August 8, 2016 dismissed
Munazira’s petition with costs, but the petitioner took the matter to
the Court of Appeal which overturned the High Court’s decision.
Justices of the Court of Appeal stated that Muzanira’s evidence proved
that Matsiko made donations during the campaign period at Kibale and
Nyarushanje Catholic churches.