NRM floors FDC in Sheema North

At 8:45pm, the tally of votes in the Sheema North by-election was concluded, and, the returning officer for Sheema district Deborah Asiimwe went on to declare NRM’s Naome Kibaaju the winner.

Kibaaju garnered 11,326 votes against her lone challenger Guma Nuwagaba of the FDC who polled 7,322 votes.

Nuwagaba became the FDC candidate after losing to Kibaaju in NRM party primaries.

Guma Nuwagaba (in suit) after he announced his defection to FDC

He had previously served as Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Mitooma district.

Like in all previous by-elections, the voters in Sheema North went to the polls under heavy military and police watch which according to some FDC officials scared away their many voters.

NRM’s Naome Kibaaju casts her vote

A total of 18,733 voters of the more than 34,000 registered voters in the constituency participated in the election.

The police also detained several FDC leaders notably Stanley Katembeya, the FDC chairman for Mbarara district and Odo Tayebwa, the former Bushenyi – Ishaka Municipality MP.

The Sheema North Parliamentary seat became vacant after the Minister of Science and Technology relocated to the newly created Sheema Municipality.