Wednesday April 2 2014

Luweero by-election: Opposition agree on single candidate

Ms Brenda Nabukenya

Ms Brenda Nabukenya 

By Dan Wandera

Opposition political parties have agreed to field one candidate to contest for the Luweero District Woman MP seat to ensure it does not fall to the ruling NRM.
Mr Absolom Bwanika Baale, the district Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party chairperson, said his party has already held consultations and will support Ms Brenda Nabukenya, the Democratic Party (DP) candidate, to regain the seat.

Ms Nabukenya lost her seat last week when the Court of Appeal said she was not duly elected.
“We know that Ms Nabukenya is a strong candidate. We need this seat as the opposition. This is the basis on which we have decided to support one candidate to battle the NRM for the bye-election,” Mr Bwanika told the Daily Monitor in an interview yesterday.

The district Uganda Peoples’ Congress chairperson, Mr Albert Kamya, said: “We cannot afford to lose this seat by engaging in selfish fights as the opposition. We shall support DP’s Brenda Nabukenya.”

Mr Muzamiru Kiseka, the district chairperson for JEMA, also said they will support Ms Nabukenya.
DP national chairperson Baswale Kezaala said they have endorsed Ms Nabukenya as the party’s flag bearer.

The district NRM chairperson, Hajj Abdul Nadduli, has said his party is yet to announce the guidelines for the primaries to choose a candidate.
The Electoral Commission is yet to announce the date for the bye-election.