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NUP wins Jinja City as Baba FM is switched off

Kasolo Alton wins Jinja City Mayoral race (PHOTO/File).

National Unity Platform’s Peter Kasolo has been declared the winner of the Jinja City Mayoral Race, defeating Dr Frank Nabwis of the Forum for Democratic Change and Robert Kanusu of the National Resistance Movement.

Kasolo polled 11,899 votes while his closet challenger Dr. Nabwiso scored 10, 398 votes.

Mr. Kanusu of the NRM only managed 9,810 votes, Ivan Tibenkana, of the Democratic Party, polled 8,327 votes, Alliance for National Transformation-ANT’s Rose Kalembe got 364 votes, and independent candidates; Julius Zziwa scored 1,802 votes.

Other candidates in the race were Mohamed Ntuyo who polled 592 votes, Joseph Bamwite polled 259 votes, Joseph Agaba 203 votes, and Jeff Bidandi 290 votes.

Kasolo hailed Electoral Commission officials for withstanding the intimidation to declare the rightful candidates.

Security had Thursday night switched off Baba FM radio station was ahead of the declaration of results for the Jinja City Mayoral race.

The station had consistently been updating the public on the events that were transpiring at the tally centre since Wednesday, when polls were held.

But on Thursday, the Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako claimed that the radio was being used to incite the public after the station alleged fraud and rigging.

Uganda Radio Network reported that Baba FM news reporter, Richard Mutoigo who was covering live the events at the tally centre was arrested as tension mounted.

One of Baba FM’s employees who spoke URN, said that they did not receive any prior warning from authorities before the radio frequency was switched off.

This is the second radio station to be switched off under such circumstances. The first one being Busoga One FM which was switched off on January 14, 2021 over allegedly relaying presidential results from the different polling stations within Busoga sub-region.

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