NRM Secretary General Justin Kasule Lumumba

National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, Samuel Keddi has this monring been declared a winner in the new Butebo district LC V chairman elections held on Thursday.

The district returning officer, Rashid Musinguzi declared Keddi with 17,555 votes beating his only opponent; the NRM leaning independent candidate, James Okurut who got 9765 votes.

By midnight when the declaration was made hundreds of Keddi’s supporters had already gathered at his home in celebrations and others held similar celebrations in differents trading centres of the new district.

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The NRM national Deputy Treasurer, Dr Kenneth Omona accompanied by the NRM communication officer, Mr Rogers Mulindwa, and other party members expressed joy and most of their candidates standing on different levels won the elections

Omona applauded the people of Butebo district for entrusting NRM with that opportunity to serve them.

He said with voting NRM flager bearers, voters are assured of benefiting government program as there will be no friction between the implementers and the centre.

“Butebo being a young district, needs leaders who are determined to unify and promote development and as well promote NRM activities to make it more popular,” he said.

The Electoral Commission declaration form for Butebo

The Electoral Commission officer in charge Eastern Region, James Peter Emoru, applauded the voters and the candidates who participated in the election exercise for being calm and cooperative unlike in other previous elections.

“The elections were entirely peaceful with no major incidences and this would be attributed to the efforts done by the police. The security agencies did us a tremendous job to respond quickly to any emerging chaos,” Emoru said.

Addresing his voters at his home this morning, Keddi, pledged to unite the people of Butebo because a divided district cannot make us prosper in terms of service delivery.

“It is very important for us to be united. I therefore call upon my colleague Mr Okurut to come on board and we steer the district to a greater height because operating on divided ground will not take us anywhere,” he said.

Kedi pledged to ensure improved service delivery and more on the poor state of the road.

“Our roads have become impassable but since people have entrusted and elected me into that office definitely I will not disappoint them. What they want is better service,” he said.

Butebo was curved from the traditional Pallisa district.

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