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Detained Kassiano Wadri Leads NRM’s Nusura Tiperu, FDC’s Musema

Imprisoned Kassiano Wadri Shocks NRM

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Former Terego county MP and independent candidate Kassiano Wadri Ezati is close to winning Wednesday’s Arua Municipality byelection even when he was not allowed to vote for himself.

Kassiano Wadri has been in detention since Monday evening when he was arrested following after a chaotic end to the election campaigns, in which President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade was attacked and his luggage vehicle stoned.

Yasin Kawuma, a driver to Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, was also shot dead by police and the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) operatives.

Now preliminary results from the byelection to replace slain MP Ibrahim Abiriga indicate that Wadri stands higher chances of winning the election.

By publication time, Wadri was ahead of his closest rival, Nusura Tiperu of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

The MP beat all his 11 competitors in 31 Mvara Ward polling stations, at Niva Cell polling stations, Awindiri, Junior quarters and at River Oli headquarters polling station and three Bazaar Ward polling stations.

Some Results from Arua Municipality Byelection

Arua secondary school Oyoze cell polling station

Wadri  186 votes

Nusura Tiperu 23

Ejiku Robert  23 votes

Police ground polling station

Wadri 107 votes

Robert Ejiku 50

Nusura Tiperu 41

Arua Hill Primary school polling station

Wadri  92 votes

Nusura Tiperu 80 votes.

Golf Club

Wadri  110

Central Market- A

Wadri 201

Nusura Tiperu 45.

Voting counting is still ongoing in the race had attracted 12 candidate:

  • Bruce Musema (FDC)
  • Nusura Tiperu (NRM)
  •  Kennedy Madira (Democratic Party)
  • Jaffar Alekua (JEEMA)

Independent Candidates

  • Jackson Atima
  • Robert Ejiku
  • Francis Nyero
  • Kassiano Wadri
  • Sunday Anguandia
  • Alfred Nyakuni
  • Simon Avutia
  • Safi Bavuga.

Official results are expected in the coming hours.

Wadri is expected in a Gulu Magistrate’s Court tomorrow where he will face treason charges relating to the attack on Museveni’s motorcade.

Bobi Wine, his chief campaigner, will be arraigned before the Court Martial sitting in the northern district of Gulu on Thursday.

Editor’s Note: Story Last Updated at 9pm on Wednesday

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