Former VP Gilbert Bukenya faces defeat in NRM primaries in Wakiso

Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has lost the National Resistance Movement-NRM primaries in Busiro North constituency to incumbent MP Dennis Ssozi Galabuzi.

According to the results tallied at Wakiso NRM district headquarters, Galabuzi polled 16,643 while Prof. Bukenya got 7,642 votes, and the third contestant Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze got 211 votes.

This was the second time that the duo faced off in the party primaries having competed in the same race in 2015 primaries which Galabuzi won with a decisive margin. However, although Bukenya lost, he went on to contest as an independent candidate in the general election.

The election in the constituency was characterized by chaos and accusation of voter bribery and inclusion of non-party members in the register which led to fights at different polling stations. For instance, in Namuyumba town council Prof Bukenya lost control and tore the register.

Chaotic scenes also saw a delay in the tallying of results as the agents of the aspirants submitted declaration forms with unmatching results from several polling stations. The returning officer and police officer spent several hours harmonizing the contest.

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