By our reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has blamed hooligans from Kampala to be the main cause of NRM’s defeat in the just concluded Rukungiri Woman MP By election.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Betty Bamukwasa Muzanira was on Friday morning declared the Rukungiri District Woman MP.

Muzanira polled 50,611 while her closest rival Matsiko garnered 46,329 votes.

Muzanira beat Matsiko with a margin of 4,282 votes.

According to Museveni his party member lost due to the weakness on the side of the police and NRM leaders as well as intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala.

He wrote on his official Facebook page;

I congratulate the NRM mobilisers in Rukungiri District for the good work they did in the elections of Woman MP yesterday.

Inspite of the divisions among the NRM leaders and attempts to use religion (Catholics vs Protestants) and tribe (Bakiga vs Bahororo-Banyakore), Hon Masiko Winifred won in 114 polling stations out of the total of 280, albeit sometimes, with less majority than before.

Due to the weakness on the side of the police and the NRM leaders, I also hear that there was intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala and other areas. I salute those who defied those odds and voted for the NRM.

My programmes of wealth creation for the masses, especially the youth, will continue. Some of those groups helped in winning some parts of the municipality.

Winning in the big sub-counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje is on account of the steadfastness of our supporters inspite of the confusion among the leaders.