The NRM electoral commission has declared Godfrey Aine Kaguta also known as Sodo , a brother to President Museveni as the winner of the highly contested election in Mawogola North constituency in the ruling party primaries.
In a close to call election announced by the electoral commission chairperson Dr.Tanga Odoi on Wednesday evening, Sodo polled 17343 votes against Shartsi Kutesa’s 16104 votes whereas Salim Kisekka got 4274 votes.
According to the results announced Kaguta beat his closest rival by 1239 votes.
The NRM electoral commission chairperson however urged the winner and losers to reconcile to help develop the area.
“The winner must appreciate others. Try to build synergies and bring together Ssembabule,” he said,
The election which was supposed to be held on September 4, was postponed twice over ugly scenes of violence between supporters of both Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Shartis Kutesa Musherure who are both close to the First family.
To prevent any occurrence of the same, top security officials met on Monday to discuss ways of ensuring the election is peaceful.
Consequently, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj.Gen.Muzeeyi Sabiiti and the CID Director, AIGP Grace Akullo camped in the area to oversee security.
On the other hand, the top NRM electoral commission chiefs including Dr.Tanga Odoi also personally camped in the area to monitor the situation in the volatile Ssembabule district.
Earlier, Police mounted several roadblocks at all roads leading to the districts to prevent non- residents from taking part in the election after reports that some party members from other districts had been ferried to vote.
Voting was by lining up, as was the case with other areas where elections for the ruling NRM party flag bearers.
Dr.Tanga Odoi on Wednesday he had received a petition from Musherure challenging Sodo’s election as NRM flag bearer for Mawogola North.
He however requested her to give other candidates copies of the petition.