Steven Rwakanuuma Kangwagye has won the Bukanga County by-elections that were held on Tuesday defeating his main challenger, independent candidate Nathan Byanyima.
Kangwagye garnered 18,204 votes (50.9%) to Nathan Byanyima’s 16,946 (47.7%) .
FDC’s Tito Turiyo received 321 votes; DP’s Shafique Dembe polled 165 votes while Pastor Abel Tumusiime trailed with only 99 votes, results released by Robert Twikirize, the Isingiro district Returning officer indicate.
However, Nathan Byanyima the first runner up in the poll has declined to concede defeat. His supporters claim the exercise was marred by irregularities.
The result means Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has maintained the seat in the national assembly.
Ugandan President Museveni who is also the Chairman of the NRM party on Sunday evening gave Steven the nod to represent the party following disputed party primaries that forced disgruntled Nathan to run as an independent.
Electoral monitors from the Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda, CEDU hailed the electoral commission for conducting a free and fair election in Bukanga. Umaru Kashaka was the CEDU head of delegation.
The Bukanga county seat fell vacant after the death of MP Gregory Matovu last month.
Who Is Steven Kangwagye
Steven Rwakanuuma Kangwagye was born 31 years ago to Mr. and Mrs. Rwakanuuma. He attended Primary School and O’level at Kanyaryeeru before joining Ngabo Academy, Mbarara, for A-levels.
He holds a Bachelors from Nkumba University and a Masters degree in Logistics and Procurement of Nkumba University.