NRM’s Mubaraka Wins Hoima LC 5 By-election by a Landslide

HOIMA – Mr. Uthuman Mugisha Mubaraka, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, emerged victorious in the Hoima District LC 5 By-election held yesterday (Thursday).

The final results were officially announced by Hoima District Returning Officer, Ms. Merab Kasande. Mugisha, the youngest candidate and son of the late LC5 Chairperson Kadiri Kirungi, secured victory with 18,353 votes, constituting 52% of the total votes cast.

His closest rival, Muhumuza Vincent Savana (Independent, who lost in the NRM primaries), came second with 12,020 votes, accounting for 34%, while Aguuda Moses (National Unity Platform-NUP) came in third with 3,972 votes, representing 11% of the total.

Other candidates in the race included FDC’s Musinguzi Patrick (271 votes) and Mugume Lennox (Independent) with 179 votes.

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Kasande reported that 34,795 votes were counted as valid, with 724 deemed invalid, and 56 spoiled during the Thursday by-election.

In total, 35,519 ballot papers were used.In his victory speech, Mr. Uthuman emphasized the importance of unity and peace, pledging to continue his father’s work.

He expressed his commitment to addressing land-grabbing issues and facilitating the issuance of land titles and compensation for those in need.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Byabakama, noted that the election process was largely free and fair, despite minor disruptions caused by morning rain. He praised the low number of complaints received during this by-election.

Ms. Rosemary Sseninde, the NRM Director for Mobilization, attributed Mugisha’s win to increased youth involvement in the exercise, emphasizing the party’s commitment to working closely with the youth.

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The Hoima District LC5 seat became vacant following the tragic motor accident that claimed the life of then-Chairperson, Mr. Kadir Kirungi, on March 17, 2023.

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