Muhire Moving with NRM Suporters in Kamwokya Kisenyi 2 Zone. Photo by Ronard Shabomwe.

National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters in Kamwokya a capital city suburb have celebrated the victory of their two local council three-LC3 victory over their close National Unity Platform-NUP contenders in NUPs strong hold area.

NRM won Kamwokya 2B and Kamwokya 2C parishes defeating NUP candidates; FDC, DP and independent candidates, in NUP strong hold area which hosts the NUP headquarters, Bobi Wine’s music studio and a home of his elder brother, Fred Nyanzi Sentamu alias Chairman Nyanzi.

Stephen Muhire, the new elected LC3 Councilor of Kamwokya 2B who garnered one thousand six hundred forty two-1642 votes attributed their victory to the hard work and cooperation they have with Kamwokya residents.

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Muhire said that his closest contenders Robert Abigaba an independent former candidate and Ramathan Kanane NUP former candidate who scored three hundred sixty seven-367 and three hundred fifty six-356 votes respectively, have been great candidates but failed because voters chose workers not parties.

Other contenders in the race included FDC’s Aggrey Ngabirano, DP’s Godfrey Mabirizi Kayongo and independent Abasi Kayondo. Kamwokya 2B parish is made up of five zones which include Green Valley, Kisenyi 2, Market area and Kamwokya Central.

According to James Kakooza, the LC3 councilor elect of Kamwokya 2C a Parish with three zones which include Contafrica, Church area, and Kisenyi 1 who scored one thousand five hundred and three-1503 votes against other five candidates, said Kamwokya residents voted according to  the capabilities of the people. He also attributes his win to the good mobilization done by his campaigns.

NRM supporters celebrating their win. Photo Ronard Shabomwe.

Other contenders in Kamwokya 2C Parish is NUP’s Francisco Bwambale who garnered four hundred ninety three-493 votes, independent Frank Kilule with twenty seven-27 votes, FDC’s Stephen Agaba with fifteen-15 votes and DP’s Denis Mpoza who came the last with nine-9 votes. Kakooza is also the chairperson LC1 Church zone area in Kamwokya 2C parish.

According to Charles Ssegatale, a resident of the Church area zone, it was an amazing NRM getting this victory since Kamwokya is a home for NUP. He adds that if NUP managed to win most of the areas in Buganda region and other urban settings, they thought it would be the same wave in Kamwokya, however, this turned up differently which is a great victory in NRM.

“This is like opposition winning against President Museveni in his home area in Kiruhura. Bobi wine was born and raised here, but I think these people (James Kakooza and Stephen Muhire are great leaders; it is their character and hard work that brought this victory,” Says Ssegatale, the Kamwokya resident.

However, the National Unity Platform contender explained that their loss was due to various irregularities marred the election process. Francisco Bwambale NUP former candidate who lost to James Kakooza in Kamwokya 2C said that NRM has a record of winning in Kamwokya even when other opposition parties were still powerful.

Bwambale however, says that since Kamwokya is a home for their party, they had many hopes to win but because the election was not free, things did not come out well. “The election has not been free and fair, but we have nothing to do other than continuing working for people and to wait for another chance,” he added.