Thursday May 1 2014

NRM leaders agree on one woman MP flag bearer

By Dan Wandera

Nakaseke- NRM leaders in Luweero District who had earlier defied the party resolution to support Rebecca Nalwanga, the NRM flag bearer for the District Woman MP by-election, have now resolved to support her.

This comes after President Museveni requested them to resolve their differences in order to shield the seat from being reclaimed by the opposition.

“We carefully listened to the fatherly request by President Museveni, who explained to us the implications of our stand. He said having a flag bearer in a short period which would not serve the interest of the party. We have now decided to rally behind the party flag bearer,” Mr Livingstone Kategaya, the Kamira Sub-county chairperson, told the Daily Monitor on Tuesday.

The chairperson of the NRM Electoral Commission, Prof Elijah Mushemeza, announced a fortnight ago that the party will field former MP Rebecca Nalwanga as the flag-bearer. However, this was rejected by some sub-county chairpersons who said she is unpopular, having lost to DP’s Brenda Nabukenya in 2011.
According to Haji Abdul Nadduli, the district NRM party chairperson, President Museveni promised to resolve the issue of the four NRM women candidates - who had earlier vowed to stand as independents when he returns from Arusha.
They include Dr Elizabeth Nabatanzi Lugudde, Eng Lillian Nakate, Ms Patricia Magara and Ms Ritah Mugalu.

“President Museveni has assured us that he will meet the four women at State House after his return from Arusha,” Hajji Nadduli said.