Robert Kyagulanyi emerges triumphant in attainning the Kyadondo East seat which had gone blank when court nullified Apollo Kantinti’s victory in 2016 elections as the constituency MP due to anomalies found by the electoral commission.
After tallying up the votes from the 93 polling stations across the constituency, Electoral Commission returning officer Francis Nkurunziza, announced the final results and declared Kyagulanyi winner at 9.42pm local time.
Bobi Wine garnered a winning 25,659 votes, Ssebalu got 4,566 votes, Kantinti attained 1,832 votes, Nkunyingi had 575 and Kayongo received 377 votes.
The number of valid votes was 32,999, the invalid ones were 311 and 41 votes were spoiled. The total number of votes cast was 33,310.
“The first thing I want to do is to reconcile the leaders of Kyadondo East,” said Kyagulanyi, after being declared victor. “I want politics to bring us together,” he said, just like music does.
The running candidates were Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu locally known as Bobi wine (stage name) for he is a renown singer, NRM flag bearer Sitenda Ssebalu, Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Apollo Kantinti, Sowedi Kayongo and and independent Nkunyingi muwada.
In the morning, elections had moved on smoothly and Kyagulanyi the musician and businessman with his wife barbie cast in their ballots at magere polling station as well as urging people to exercise their right to vote as per the local constitutional provision.
while Sitenda had bragged with confidence about his soon assumed to be victory; “I am confident that i am going to win with the majority. I can’t give percentages because i have no basis”.
Candidate Muwada Nkunyingi caused a commotion after finding out that his name was missing at Kiteezi’s register and advised to look for it elsewhere. This reaction attracts the heavily deployed police who later detained him. He received injuries to which he was hospitalized.
As for Apollo Kantinti, he was not eligible to vote from Kyaddondo East because he is registered to vote in Mukono, but can stand.
Anti-riot police steps in to quell riotous situation at Kasangati Resort. Security personnel were seen arresting people and chasing them away but they stayed claiming to guard their votes.
The new Kyadondo East MP in waiting has recieved congratulation messages from Dr. Kizza Besigye, The Executive Director, Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo also tweeted: “So @HEBobiwine is beating everyone @NRMOnline @FDCOfficial1 hands down in #KyodondoEastByElections, Congs although still early.”
It should be recalled that the MP i waiting faced some challenges with security personnel. A scene too familiar to ignore when on the last campaign day (Tuesday), people in kyadondo went in a frenzy when the police came and arrested Robert Kyagulanyi and and detained at Kasangati police station and later driven by dusty road to Kiira police station because the excited crowd hurled stones and demanded the immediate release of their candidate.
Frank Mwesigwa, the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, told reporters that they had not arrested the renowned musician, underlining that they were instead “engaging him” on campaign guidelines as regards his final rally.
“We have agreed on a new venue in Bulamu, Gayaza. His earlier venue violated the Electoral Commission campaign guidelines and he risked being disqualified,” he said.