The NRM has blamed its loss in the Rukungiri Woman MP by-election to some of its supporters who refused to toe the party line.
In a statement signed by Rogers Mulindwa, a communications officer at the party, NRM stated: “We however continue to express dismay over the errant party members who opposed the official party position and never walked the journey with us. NRM lost the race but there are good signs of winning the bigger battle in this area in future.”
FDC’s Betty Muzanira garnered 50,611 votes to defeat NRM’s Winnie Masiko who polled 46, 379.
The party noted that overall, it has won most of the by-elections conducted so far which is a sign that it is still strong.
“By today we have had a total of 36 by-elections involving only the positions of MPs and District Chairpersons across the country. Of these, NRM has won 27, FDC 2 (Jinja East & Rukungiri) , DP 1 (Kyotera) and the remaining 6 slots have gone to independents. This performance is evident that NRM is the most treasured political party in our country,” the statement read.
After the Rukungiri loss, the party said it is going back to the drawing board to evaluate itself and set winning strategies for the pending by-elections.