Oliver Koyekyenga of Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) emerged winner of the Buhweju Woman Member of Parliament by-election held on Thursday, garnering 17,637 votes (65.8%).
She defeated Jane Frida Bwiruka of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who managed to get 9,266 votes (34.2%).
The seat fell vacant following the death of Joy Kariisa.
The result will come as good news to the ruling party that earlier sought to maintain it’s grip in the western district.
It took the intervention of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to convince the independent candidate Alison Byamukama to pull out of the race in favor of Oliver who won the disputed NRM primaries.
President Museveni appealed to Byamukama not to divide the party as she had contested as an independent after losing the NRM primaries.
He also appointed her Special Presidential Adviser on Buhweju affairs, a position that must have looked so juicy that she withdrew from the race.