National Unity for Platform (NUP) supporters in Masaka are celebrating after winning in the majority of the villages in the youth elections.
NUP youth candidates won in most of the polling stations in the two divisions that make up Masaka city, beating candidates from the Democratic Party (DP) and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). NUP is led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi and was unveiled to the public last month.
In Kimanya parish, Kimanya Kabonera sub-county, NUP gathered 43 votes being followed by NRM that collected 2 and DP scored 0. In Ssenya parish still in Kimanya Kabonera, NUP collected 44 votes against NRM’s 10 votes and DP got 0. However in Kyamulibwa in Kimanya Kabonera, NRM got 77 votes beating NUP with 28 and DP with 0.
In Ssenyange parish in Nyendo Mukungwe division, NUP won with 46 votes beating NRM and DP that got 0 in this parish. In Nyendo parish, NUP polled 111 votes yet DP and NRM did not get any votes.
The election that was conducted amid tight security was largely peaceful, apart from a few incidents that were reported at Kijabwemi and Kilumba where names of some NUP voters were missing on the registers.
The scuffle that ensured in Kilumba forced police to fire teargas to disperse the rowdy NUP supporters. It took the intervention of Masaka resident district commissioner Herman Ssentongo to intervene and calm the situation and voting resumed after a few minutes.
Ssentongo asked the NUP supporters to stay calm, promising that those behind this act of removing some names from the register will be held accountable.
Masaka Municipality legislator and NUP central region deputy president Mathias Mpuuga condemned the act of removing some NUP supporters from the register though it did not stop it from winning most of the villages.
He congratulated all NUP candidates that won the elections saying he was optimistic that on the next level of parishes and sub-counties NUP will also take a lion’s share.