NRM candidate, Winfred Matsiko casting her vote.

Rukungiri: National Resistance movement (NRM) has conceded defeat in the just concluded Rukungiri by election saying they have lost the race instead with there are good signs of winning bigger battle in this area.

In a statement released by NRM spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa, the party applauded its members for effort they put in the Rukungiri by election form nomination to the polling.

“We continue to express dismay over the errant party members who opposed party’s position and never walked the journey. Our support in Rukungiri district has continued to grow, we now have hope in the future elections,” he said in Rukungiri.

He however revealed that NRM remains the giant, in the 36 by-elections of both legislators and District Chairpersons, NRM has won 27, and FDC two (Jinja East and Rukungiri), DP 1 (Kyotera) and the remaining post were taken up by independent candidates.

Further said noted that central executive committee of NRM will convenes for advice and pave a way forward about results of that just concluded by election.

Rukungiri woman parliamentary seat has been won by fad’s candidate betty Muzanira who garnered 50,611 votes beating her close rival Winfred Matsiko of National Resistance Movement party who polled 46,379 votes as others two candidates got less than 2000 votes.

Rukungiri woman parliamentary seat fell vacant after appellant court judges led by former Deputy Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma nullified the election of National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) candidate Winfred Matsiko over voter bribery following electoral petition that was filed by Forum for Democratic Change candidate (FDC) Betty Muzanira.