The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party candidate, Joseph Andrew Kuluo, on Thursday won the Toroma county parliamentary by-election to secure the much sought after seat.
Kulou who had the pleasure of being campaigned for by both party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, secretary general, Kasule Lumumba and NRM vice chairperson for eastern region, Mike Mukula, did not disappoint when the final vote was counted.
The NRM candidate polled 8743 votes followed by two independent candidates; Robert Imalingat with 3826 votes and Solomon Osiya with 3455 votes.
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] candidate, Martin Odaka Omedo, came last with 3033 votes.
Thanks for the love; final results Kuluo NRM 8743, Imalingant IND 3826, Osiya IND 3455, Osaka FDC 3033….
— JustineKasuleLumumba (@JustineLumumba) May 18, 2017
Daniel Othieno, the Katakwi district Electoral Commission Returning officer, announced NRM’s Kuluo winner of the Toroma Constituency seat, which fell vacant following the death of Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat in a motor accident.
FDC candidate’s manager arrested
As the voting got underway, police moved swiftly and arrested Tom Wabwire, the campaign manager for FDC candidate Odaka, after a fight with NRM mobilisers over voter bribery.
Wabwire who was travelling with Katatwi District FDC chairperson, Charles Okure, landed on NRM mobilisers distributing money sparking off a scuffle which ended with his arrest.
The regional Police spokesperson for East Kyoga, Michael Odongo, said Wabwire was picked from Okokorio parish in Kapujan Sub-county and detained at Katakwi Central Police Station.
Meanwhile, in Toroma trading centre FDC and NRM youth also clashed but were dispersed by police.
A 16-year-old girl was also arrested for allegedly trying to vote for a one Okello George at Agule polling station.