Early results in the scramble for the top positions of the ruling National Resistance Movement’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Thursday indicate that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is firmly leading her challenger, the determined state minister for Lands Persis Namuganza.
Ms Namuganza had out of the blue decided to take on Ms Kadaga, and seemed to be giving her a bloody nose as Thursday’s afternoon results trickled in — winning the eastern district of Bulambuli, and Bushenyi in the west.
But Ms Kadaga has since taken a comfortable lead wining bi in most of the Central and Eastern districts — including Lyantonde, Kanungu, Yumbe, Kabale, Kasese, Kamwenge and her home district of Kamuli.
In the other positions being competed for, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah seems headed of a landslide victory comfortably leading incumbent Sam Engola for the position of the Vice Chairman, North while businessman Sanjay Tanna looks set to sweep the Vice Chairman for Eastern after brushing off incumbent Mike Mukula, winning most of the districts in East, Central and North.
New comer Dr. Chris Baryomunsi seems headed for victory in the race for the NRM Vice Chairman for Western Region and is set to out incumbent Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza.
NRM Electoral Commission Chief Tanga Odoi, is expected to announce final results on Thursday night.