The Electoral Commission has officially announced Kassiano Wadri as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Arua Municipality.
The seat became vacant in June following the brutal murder of Col.Ibrahim Abiriga as he returned home in Matugga, Wakiso district.
On Wednesday evening, the Electoral Commission declared Wadri as the winner of the election having got 6421 votes against NRM’s Nusura Tiperu’s 4798 who came second.
“Accordingly, as returning officer for Arua district in accordance to section 58(i) of the parliamentary elections act ,I declare Wadri Kassiano Ezat to be the elected candidate for Arua Municipality,”Ruth Angom Ococ, the Arua returning officer declared.
Independent candidate Robert Ejiku came third with 2694 votes whereas Forum for Democratic Change’s Bruce Musema was fourth in the race that had 12 candidates.
The results announced on Wednesday night indicated that Jackson Atima(Independent) got 835 votes, Moses Anguandia 196, Jaafar Alekua 38, Simon Avutia 32,Alfred Nyakuni 30,Aganasi Bavuga 19 and Elton Lakelle 18
By the time the results were announced, Kassiano Wadri was still in detention but his agents rose up in jubilation after the announcement by the Electoral Commission.
On Monday, MPs; Kyagulanyi, Francis Zaake, Paul Mwiru,Gerald Karuhanga and candidate Kassiano Wadri were arrested by police following chaos in Arua town in which Wadri’s supporters allegedly hurled stones on President Museveni’s convoy shattering its hind screen.
In the ensuing chaos, Yasin Kawuma, who was driving Kyagulanyi’s Tundra vehicle was shot dead
Government later revealed that Kyagulanyi would be arraigned in the General Court Martial whereas his fellow legislators would be tried in the Gulu Chief Magistrates court.
“Hon.Kyagulanyi has been flown to Gulu hospital but he is now okay,” Moses Ali, the first Deputy Prime Minister told parliament on Wednesday evening.
“He was found with a gun and he will appear before the court martial in Gulu.”
Earlier, police had told journalists that Bobi Wine and Wadri had been slapped with charges related to treason and unlawful possession of firearms.
The North- Western regional police spokesperson Jospehine Angucia told journalists that Wadri was found with a pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition whereas Kyagulanyi allegedly had two submachine guns and ammunitions.