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Entebbe Mayoral battle continues

ByResty Nasaazi

Mar 26, 2021

The battle for Entebbe mayoral seat rages on, as incumbent Mr. Vincent Kayanja dePaul vows to hang onto the ‘seat’ until he is declared by the electoral commission as the rightful winner. Mr. Kayanja vowed to file a petition disputing election results as declared by Wakiso district returning officer Mr. Tolbert Musinguzi.

“We collected all our declaration forms from the 74 polling stations, which were putting us in a lead with 415 votes ahead of the first runners up. We were later surprised when Rulinda was declared winner,” expressed Mr. Kayanja. The incumbent mayor, who was vying for re-election on DP ticket said he is waiting until Mr. Rulinda will officially be gazetted, to file his case in court disputing the same.

According to Mr. Kayanja, the case is estimated to cost him Sh30m. Whereas Mr. Kayanja claims to have met Justice Simon Byabakama the electoral commission boss, he says, the meeting yielded no results hence a decision to proceed to the courts of law. When contacted on the matter, Mr. Paul Bukenya the acting spokesperson for the electoral commission, said the electoral commission is in the final stages to have all declared local council winners gazetted.

Mr. Musinguzi the Wakiso district returning officer declared Mr. Fabrice Rulinda (ind) the winner for Entebbe mayoral seat with 6,703 votes, followed by Mr. Micheal Mutebi Kabwama (NRM) with 6,342 votes and DP’s Kayanja, who is also the incumbent mayor came third with 5,576 votes while Ms. Olive Nassuna (NUP) garnered 2,499 votes. Mr. Mohammed Kawuma the former MP for Entebbe municipality got 521 votes.

Swords Out

Mr. Kayanja has gone ahead to accuse Mr. Rulinda of trying to bribe him with Shs600m out of the matter. “I was contacted by about three people in regard to being bribed out of the mayoral victory with Shs600m. I then wondered what they were trying to buy. Am not commodities, and therefore, not on sale,” alleged Mr. Kayanja. News Excavator could not independently verify Mr. Kayanja’s allegations in regard to bribery.

Candidates during the mayoral debate prior the January elections

In response, Mr. Rulinda refuted the allegations as baseless and unbecoming. “Mr. Kayanja needs to find other things to do. If he wishes to go to court, that is also okay, than resorting to defamation,” responded Mr. Rulinda, wondering why Mr. Kayanja would be given Shs600m. “My focus right now is on how to make things move well,” added Mr. Rulinda.

NRM candidate goes silent

Mr. Mutebi the NRM candidate also earlier contested the results before leading a group of his supporters to take to the streets in January and started defacing president Museveni’s posters, as they denounced NRM. In response, army officers who had been deployed to quell the situation, fired bullets injuring two and killing one.

The deceased was identified as Eric Kyeyune, a resident of Katabi-Kitubulu in Entebbe municipality. Mutebi was later summoned at the police Special Investigations Unit, Kireka, to record a statement over the matter. He has since gone silent, in what some critics term as self-abduction.

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