Ministers lose in Kamuli

Wednesday September 8 2010

By Sam Opio Caleb & Martin Sebuyira

Kamuli/ Entebbe

All the incumbent MPs in Kamuli District have been defeated in the NRM primary elections. Mr Isaac Musumba, the MP for Buzaaya County, who is also the State Minister for Regional Co-operation, lost to Mr Martin Muzaale, a district councillor, while Mr Asuman Kiyingi, the Bugabula South MP, who is the State Minister for Lands, lost to Mr Henry Kibalya, a former Makerere University guild president.

Mr Gerald Menhya, the Bugabula North MP lost to Mr Moses Kizige, a presidential adviser. The losers alleged that Deputy Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, who also doubles as Kamuli Woman MP, sponsored most of the candidates against them to preserve her “political dominion” in the region. They said they would petition the NRM electoral body over the results.
Mr Kiyingi said: “It has been a syndicate orchestrated by the so called Mama Kamuli (Kadaga) who has opened wars on all people rising up. Please get ready, stand up to fight her.” However, Mr Henry Kibalya, dismissed the allegations, saying: “It is a matter of being the peoples suitable choice because Kiyingi tried to label us FDC, terrorised us and pumped cash like water in the campaigns but the people have spoken.” Mr Menhya said it was in the party spirit that he will not stand as an independent candidate.

Entebbe losers
Meanwhile, in Entebbe, people who lost in the NRM primary polls have threatened to quit the party and stand as independent candidates. Mr Christopher Ssebuliba, Mr Charles Kirumira and Ms Sumayiya Nakanwagi, want the party electoral commission to hold fresh elections, claiming that the polls were marred by malpractices. “We do not understand how preliminary results showed Amon Muzoora in the lead and on Monday we see Ms Patience Mubangizi celebrating,” Mr Christopher Ssebuliba, one of the contenders who lost the elections, told journalists on Monday.

Others who also threatened to stand as independent candidates are Mr John Nyakabwa and Charles Mubeezi who lost to Jakira Ssali in the division chairman elections. Ms Nakanwagi said the elections began very late and many of their votes were confused because constituent and Woman MP ballot papers were put together.