For months, in-laws; Shartsi Nayebare Musherure, daughter to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa, and Godfrey Aine Kaguta, a brother to President Yoweri Museveni have been competing for the NRM parliamentary flag in Mawogola North.
On the face of it, it was a contest between two NRM supporters who also enjoy close family ties facilitated by inter-marriages but also a contest that rekindled memories of the 1980 elections when Museveni, then a leader of Uganda People’s Movement (UPM) lost to Kutesa who was a DP candidate in Mbarara North (present day Nyabushozi county.)
Kutesa declared in September 2019 that he would not seek re-election to Parliament and anointed his daughter, Musherure for the seat.
Months later, Aine aka Sodo, announced his entry into the race and instantly became a darling to the local population.
Disturbed by the developments, Kutesa summoned NRM leaders in the the district to his farm at Kisekera in Lugusuulu sub-county to whip them to support his daughter.
During the meeting, Kutesa vowed to do whatever it would take for his daughter to win. According to a source who attended the meeting, Kutesa reportedly told them the contest was not merely between Musherure and Sodo but similar to the 1980 contest between him and Museveni.
But as the NRM electoral commission officials tallied the results, it became apparent that Sodo had settled the 1980 debt.
Sodo garnered 17,343 votes against Musherure’s 16,104 votes while Salim Kisekka trailed with 4,274 votes.
Before the final results could be declared, Musherure had handed the NRM electoral commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi, a petition disputing the outcome.
Musherure claimed in her petition that she had not been “defeated but cheated,” citing inconsistencies in results from six villages.
But Odoi said that it was too early for him to receive analyse petitions.
Kutesa has represented the area since 1994 when he joined the Constituency Assembly that wrote the 1995 Constitution.
After 26 years of Sam Kutesa, replacing him with his daughter would set a bad precedent. And as she campaigned, she was confronted with voices telling her that the seat is not hereditary.
Her response has always been that as a Ugandan, she has every right to stand for and get elected to any position.
“Every Ugandan has a right [to stand for election], there is no need to stick to the idea that this is a monarchy, this is a democracy. If you don’t like me, if you don’t like my plans, don’t vote for me. I am in this like a Ugandan – I am a Ugandan, I have every right to stand, I have every right to lead, I have every right to [sell my program] to the electorate and then go to the ballot box and vote yes or no,” she said in an earlier interview.
Elsewhere, in Mawogola West, Sembabule Woman MP, Anifa Bangirana Kawooya defeated Mawogola MP, Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa.
Kawooya polled 15,923 against Ssekabiito’s 13,143.
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