The crowds that thronged his rallies throughout his campaign didn’t disappoint him. Local musician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, who contested as an independent, strode to sweet victory in the Kyaddondo East Parliamentary bi-election, yesterday in a definitive repudiation of top political parties.
Wakiso District Returning Officer Francis Nkurunziza declared Kyagulanyi as the overall winner of the vote after he polled 25,659 representing 77% of the total 33,310 votes that were cast. He beat four other contestants.
NRM’s Sitenda Ssebalu came in distant second with 4,556 votes representing 13.8% of the vote. Ousted MP Apollo Kantinti managed only 5.5% of the vote with 1,832 votes.
Kyagulanyi’s victory, attracted congratulations from across the political spectrum including FDC and NRM.
Former FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye and other senior leaders of the party have come out to congratulate Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu for the landslide performance in the parliamentary bi-elections.
Besides Besigye, FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi, NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba also sent their congratulatory messages to the artist.
While speaking to NBS reporters in the evening, Kyagulanyi stressed that his first assignment will be to unify all the people of Kyaddondo east.
Kyagulanyi’s victory has been described as a dramatic new development in Uganda’s politics towards individual merit and away from party lines.
But perhaps this is a premature conclusion considering the strong personalities of the candidates that was overwhelming for the parties.