Rubanda District LCV Chairman Mr. Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema has declared that he will run as an Independent for the Rubanda East County National Resistance Movement (NRM) MP slot.
This was after the party EC declared incumbent Rubanda East Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Henry Ariganyira Musasizi as NRM Party flag bearer for the said constituency.
According to the results Musasizi polled 22, 863 votes equivalent to 50.3% while Biryabarema came second with 22, 635 votes equating to 49.7%.
The NRM’s elections dispute tribunal on Monday adjourned the ruling
between Musasizi and Biryabarema up to October 9th and this was the fourth time the ruling was adjourned.
On September 29th, the party cancelled the primaries to pave way for a fresh tally of votes from 16 disputed polling stations. This followed a petition filed by Rubanda district chairman Mr. Biryabarema, Musasizi’s main challenger in the race to Parliament.
Musasizi had been declared the winner on September 5 after collecting
23, 330 votes defeating Biryabarema who garnered 22, 412 votes. Biryabarema and his supporters accused Musasizi of conniving with the
NRM district registrar Monday Aggrey, Gaudioza Kabondo, an official
from the party’s National Electoral Commission and Dezi Christmas, the
district party administrator to rig votes.
Monday was also faulted for deliberately tallying votes wrongly. He also argued that the registrars allowed Musasizi to sneak some of the declaration forms inside the tally centre for consideration while tallying.
However, after Odoi declared Musasizi, Biryabarema run to social media and said that no tally was done before candidates as directed by the tribunal.
He also said that the security report that was relied upon did not in any way agree with their declaration forms. Biryabarema later said that he will bounce back as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general elections.