The belated National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries for Mawogola North and West in Sembabule district were held on Wednesday under tight security to avert acts of violence, intimidation of voters and hooliganism.
In Mawogola North, the race had three contenders, including the daughter of the foreign minister, Shartsi Musherure Nayebare, President Museveni’s young brother Sodo Kaguta and Salim Kisekka.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi, deployed heavily in almost all corners of Mawogola electoral area and across the district.
Roadblocks manned by the Police and the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) were set up along roads to Sembabule.
This was reportedly intended to prevent the importation of strangers.
Godfrey Aine Kaguta, the younger brother to President Yoweri Museveni’s and Anifa Kawooya Bangirana have won ruling National Resistance Movement party primaries in Sembabule district.
Kaguta and Kawooya were declared winners of the NRM polls for Mawogola North and West constituencies respectively in today’s polls, which were postponed twice due to electoral violence.
George William Katokoozi, the NRM elections registrar for Sembabule declared Kaguta aka Sodo the winner with a total of 17,343 votes – beating Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa’s daughter, Shartsi Musherure Kutesa who polled 16,104 votes and Salim Kisekka who emerged last with 4,274 votes.
Katokoozi has also declared Kawooya the NRM parliamentary flag bearer for Mawogola West constituency after defeating Joseph Ssekabiito with 15,923 votes against 13,143 votes. The two were competing for the party flag in a newly created constituency that was approved by parliamentary in July.
Kawooya is the incumbent Sembabule Woman MP while Ssekabiito is also the MP for Mawogola county constituency.
On the hand, Mary Begumisa was also declared flag bearer for the Sembabule Woman MP race after defeating her three competitors, Jovanice Twongyeirwe and Phoebe Arinaitwe. Begumisa secured 73,940 votes Twongyeirwe got 16, 448 votes while Arinaitwe garnered 11,011 votes.