Nationalwide – Investments Minister Evelyn Anite has conceded defeat to Dr. Charles Ayume in the acrimonious battle for flagbearer of the ruling NRM party for Koboko Municipality.
Speaking to media on Friday afternoon, Ms Anite, a controversial figure in the West Nile elections conceded defeat and said even though there were malpractices, she would accept the outcome.
“The election has been full of chaos. My agents have been beaten up, they have ferried people to come and disorganize us,” she said.
Dr. Ayume garnered 8,089 while Ms Anite got 7,321.
Asked if she will petition the party over the irregularities, Ms Anite said she would accept the loss because politics isn’t “a matter of life and death”.
Ms Anite says she will not contest as independent candidate.
”For what? I will not,” she said.
In Bushenyi, General Duties Minister Mary Karooro Okurut, swept aside by Annet Katusiime Mugisha in Friday’s battle for the Bushenyi Woman MP flagbearer for the ruling NRM party has wished goodluck to the victor.
“I congratulate the winner and wish her good luck,” Ms Okurut said on Friday evening after she was defeated by more than 70 percent of the vote.
Ms Mugisha garnered 84,000 votes to Karooro’s 29,000.
The NRM parliamentary primaries went into action Friday, September 4, 2020, with about 12 million party faithful queueing up to choose who holds the women MP and direct constituency flags come 2021.
In Bushenyi district, western Uganda, the race for the woman MP seat has been one of the most intriguing with the contenders Ms Mary Karooro Okurut and Ms Annet Katusiime Mugisha, wife of Eng Dr Silver Mugisha, the managing director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Ms Karooro has been running a project of skilling young girls in the district. Recently, she also donated hand hoes, solar and food in the area and is currently building a sanitary pad factory at Kutungu.
Meanwhile, Ms Katusiime through Bamugisha Community Welfare initiative donated food, soap and money to village saving groups in the district in addition to supporting church projects.
For many residents, time for the incumbent, Ms Karooro, who has represented the district a number of time is up and it is time for Ms Mugisha to take over.
Science and Technology Minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye has been defeated for the Sheema Municipality flag against former Commissioner for Customs at the Uganda Revenue Authority, moneybag Dickson Kateshumbwa.
According to the provisional results, Mr. Kateshumbwa got 22,908 votes while Minister Tumwesigye got 15,169 of the vote.
Former local government PS Patrick Mutabwire 1,570 while Mr. David Kamukama got 281.
Dr Tumwesigye, who is the incumbent Sheema municipality MP, went to August House after the July 27, 2018 by-election.
Before beating Ms Plan Virginia Mugyenyi of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the general elections, the legislator had already beaten seven contenders in the NRM primaries.
However, this time round, it’s not going to be an easy ride for Dr Tumwesigye’s re-election on NRM ticket.