By Otim Norbert
Former Terego Legislator Kassiano Ezati Wadri has been announced as the winner of the highly contested Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.
Kassiano Wadri, stood as an independent candidate, after failing to convince his party the Forum for Democratic Change, FDC to be official Party Flag bearer.
Kassiano Wadri polled 6421 votes, while his main contender and NRM’s Flag bearer Nusura Tiperu polled 4798.
The FDC candidate Bruce Musema, emerged fourth with 1369 votes.
The main opposition, FDC led by Rtd Col Dr Kiiza Besigye were in support of Bruce Musema.
Arua Municipality fallen vacant after the then Legislator Ibrahim Abiriga was shot dead in June this year in Mattuga Wakiso District.
Wadri’s victory has been recorded to be a land mark in the History Uganda’s politics after he became victorious despite being locked up on allegations relating treason charges according to reports.
Wadri, together with three other MPs and one former MP were arrested during fracas that saw a one Kawuma Yasin driver of Kyadondo legislator Bobi Wine shot dead.
Police has since claimed that Wadri together with his colleague Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi were found with guns.
Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Byabakama prior to the declaration of the results, expressed relief that the events of Monday in which at least one person was shot dead, did not deter election exercise.
Byabakama further urged the successful candidates in the race to take heart and wait for another round of elections given the limited space to completion of the term.
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