Jubiliations continue after jailed Wadri’s big win

Stuck in a police cell more 250kms away in Gulu, Independent candidate Ezati Kassiano Wadri beat 11 candidates to the Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.

Under the cover of darkness, jubilant supporters poured onto the streets of Arua Municipality to celebrate Wadri’s victory that was announced at 9:53pm.

The jailed politician garnered 6,421 votes against his closest challenger, NRM’s Nusura Tiperu who polled 4,798.

Robert Ejiku, an independent came third with 2,694 votes while FDC’s Bruce Mudathir Musema came forth with 1,369 votes in a race that had 12 contestants.

Wadri missed a chance to vote for himself having been arrested on Monday after addressing his final rally.

He was arrested along with 4 MPs and scores of other campaigners and strategists.
When attempts to get them out of detention yielded no fruits on Tuesday evening, his campaign team decided to concetrate on guarding the vote.

“We decided late on Tuesday evening that all rescue missions should and we focus on the vote because it was important to win the election,” Butambala MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi said.

Wadri, MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and former MP Michael Mabikke plus 33 others are expected to be charged before the Chief Magistrate’s court in Gulu today while their Kyadondo East counterpart Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi is expected to appear before a military court martial in Gulu.