Itâ€™s a landslide victory for the Forum for Democratic Change â€“ FDC party candidate Proscovia Salaamu Musumba in the Kamuli district Local Council 5 by-election. Musumba polled 49,356 votes against 21,239 votes for Thomas Kategere of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
Samuel Kiyingi, Kamuli returning officer while announcing the final results at Kamuli Youth Centre declared Musumba winner having polled 49,356 votes.
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The former Bugabula South Member of Parliament, who is also the current FDC vice president Eastern Uganda, beat her nearest rival, Thomas Kategere of the ruling National Resistance Movement, by 28,117 votes. Kategere polled 21,239 votes in a by election that attracted eight candidates.
Other candidates in the race were Khaloli Dhizaala, Michael Kifubangabo, Charles Isanga, Fred Bamutire, Ibrahim Mbadhi and Fred Kamanhililo.
Shortly after being declared winner, Musumba, said she wanted to understand why Local governments had failed to deliver to their people and that is why she contested for Kamuli LC5 seat.
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Musumba replaces Ahmed Kawugu Mughainho, whose election was nullified in 2011 after high court found he had no academic credentials to remain Kamuli district Chairman.
Musumba had failed to win a political post in Kamuli after losing the LCV by election and Bugabula South Parliamentary seat in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
Khaloli Dhizaala, an independent candidate who came third with 437 votes, conceded defeat and said he will work with Musumba to develop Kamuli.
Out of a total of 170861 registered voters, 72,989 voted from 331 polling stations.
The election had isolated cases of violence in Kisozi, Kitayunjwa and Namwendwa sub counties. Fred Bamulinze, 24 was beaten into coma and his motorcycle stolen and he is still admitted at Kamuli hospital.
Musumba holds a master’s in Social Policy & Administration, and has worked as a tourism development consultant/ Sociologist for the Catholic Church in Uganda. She is married to former Bugabula North MP and minister of state for regional Affairs Isaac Musumba.
She becomes only the second female district chairperson after Josephine Kasya of Kanungu.
In Kween district by-election, Paul Machinjach Kapchemeiko, the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM candidate, was declared winner with 11, 575 votes. His closest rival, Nelson Chelimo Kaprokuto, an Independent candidate, got 8, 252. Machinjach’s son Tom Chemusto of the Forum for Democratic Change party, who made history by contesting against his father, came third with 974 votes. The other candidates in the race were Alex Labu of Uganda People’s Congress Party who got 303 votes while Jackson Mwanga, another Independent came last with only 58 votes.