Following the loss of Rukungiri Woman Parliamentary seat to FDC’s Betty Muzanira, President Museveni has released the following statement in which he blames, the police and weak party leaders for the defeat.
The Electoral Commission declared Bamukwatsa Betty Muzanira the winner with 50,611 followed by NRM’s Matsiko Winfred with 46,329 votes. Independent candidate Mbaguta Prisca had 993 while PPP’s Kukundakwe Fabith had 183.
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI’S STATEMENT ON RUKUNGIRI BY-ELECTION
I congratulate the NRM mobilisers in Rukungiri District for the good work they did in the elections of Woman MP yesterday.
Inspite of the divisions among the NRM leaders and attempts to use religion (Catholics vs Protestants) and tribe (Bakiga vs Bahororo-Banyakore), Hon Masiko Winifred won in 114 polling stations out of the total of 280, albeit sometimes, with less majority than before.
Due to the weakness on the side of the police and the NRM leaders, I also hear that there was intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala and other areas. I salute those who defied those odds and voted for the NRM.
My programmes of wealth creation for the masses, especially the youth, will continue. Some of those groups helped in winning some parts of the municipality.
Winning in the big sub-counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje is on account of the steadfastness of our supporters inspite of the confusion among the leaders.
President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairman of the National Resistance Movement Party.