HOIMA – Harriet Businge was at 3.30am on Friday morning declared winner of the hotly contested the Hoima Woman parliamentary seat, coming from behind to lead her closest rival, Ms. Asinasi Nyakato of the joint opposition.
Ms. Businge garnered 33301 votes, while Ms Nyakato got 28,789 votes.
The results were declared by the district Returning Officer, Mr. Douglas Matsiko completing a dramatic turnaround for Ms. Businge.
Ms. Nyakato had taken an early lead during the early counting, leading Ms. Businge for long periods by a huge margin.
However, as results from the rest of the polling stations especially rural Hoima trickled in, NRM’s Businge gained an upper hand.
President Museveni has since congratulated his party members for the two wins in Hoima and Kaabong saying NRM structures in the two districts have done a good job.
“The people of Hoima, mwebale muno, thank you for voting the National Resistance Movement, and my daughter Harriet Mugenyi. You have chosen to consolidate the NRM achievements, by voting a pro-development MP,” he wrote.
He said the people of Kaabong, have shown that even with the lies from the Opposition, “you know where the light is.”
“I congratulate My daughter Tubo Christine Nakwang for winning the woman MP by-election.”
Museveni said that NRM is stronger than ever and its vision is correct.