State Minister for Labor, Mwesigwa Rukutana is leading the Rushenyi County NRM party Parliamentary elections, in a vote recount that was held today, 15 September.
The recount was presided over by the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party Electoral Commission, Dr. Tanga Odoi. It followed a petition filed by Rukutana and challenged the outcome that gave victory to Naome Kabasharira.
Dr. Odoi says they went through the results village by the village, as the candidates confirmed that they are the right ones. After tallying, Rukutana had a lead advantage of 20 votes ahead of Kabasharira. In the initial tally, Kavasharira had been declared the winner with 24,006 votes while Rukutana had 23,966 votes.
Following the violence that erupted in the county and the petition filed by Rukutana’s team to the party’s national electoral commission, Dr. Odoi, suspended the declaration of Rushenyi results, even though the District Registrar had announced Kabasharira the victor.
Dr. Odoi, says there was contention from both parties over the Nyakahita cell polling station in Rugarama Sub-county. He says Kabasharira was contesting the declaration forms of Nyakahita cell that Rukutana’s team presented, noting that there was no voting at the said polling station. Dr. Odoi said that he would declare the winner after investigations were done.
This happens shortly after Minister Rukutana was been released on bail by the Chief Magistrates’ court in Ntungamo. Rukutana is charged with seven counts related to attempted murder, assault, and malicious damage to property and threatening violence.