The National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman for Kampala Central, Salim Uhuru has been declared the winner for the mayoral ticket carrying the party flag in the 2021 elections. He polled 75,546 votes beating his rival Patrick Mugisha who polled 9,162 votes after the final tally.
Kampala Central Division NRM Returning Officer Caroline Akitwi declared the winner at the NRM Electoral Commission-EC offices along Kyadondo road on Monday evening.
Uhuru’s declaration followed a tally of votes cast in different villages within Kampala Central which could later be announced for agents on both parties to authenticate. With no complaints regarding the results on the declaration forms, Akitwi declared Uhuru winner sending the crowd into jubilation before he was whisked away.
Uhuru who recently lost the bid to represent the Kampala region in the NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), has been pursuing the dream to become Kampala Central Division mayor for a long time. He was a councilor representing Kisenyi I Parish in Kampala Central Division council for two terms. In 2015, he lost to Mr. Muhammad Nsegumire during the primaries for the NRM flag in the division’s mayoral race.
Elsewhere, Juma Wasswa Ssekyanzi emerged victorious as the flag bearer of the National Resistance Movement – NRM for the position of Division Mayor Kawempe by a landslide, winning by 8745 votes, while his opponents Ronald Lugandakulya and Johnson Sekandi got 3464 and 1495 respectively. Wasswa was declared the winner by the Kawempe NRM electoral district returning officer Jane Kabahweza at Makerere University Primary School on Monday.
Monday’s primary election now brings to the end the party process of choosing flag bearers at different political levels who will compete with other candidates selected by opposition political parties as well as Independents in the coming 2021 general election.