Independent parliamentary and local government candidates in Bududa district shunned a meeting convened by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to reconcile members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in Bugisu sub-region.
Kadaga who is also the second national vice-chairperson of the NRM called the meeting with aimed at persuading persons who lost the NRM party primaries to rally behind the official candidates of the party, who have already been nominated to contest for the Parliamentary seats in the three constituencies of Manjiya, Lutseshe and Bushigai as well as the district MP seat.
The four electoral areas have altogether attracted 19 candidates. But 12 of these are independent candidates, who lost the NRM party primaries, before seeking nomination as independent candidates. They include Agnes Khainza Shiuma, Agnes Nandutu and Esther Wetsetse, who are all contesting against Justine Khainza of NRM for the Woman MP seat.
The race in Manjiya County attracted two independent candidates; Hussein Matanda Kaato and Jackson Matsanga who are facing off with John Baptist Nambeshe, who recently crossed to the National Unity Platform and Moses Mukhobeh Khaukha of the ruling NRM party.
In Bushigai is another set of three independent candidates; Wilson Watila, Phillip Namukowa and Job Khatondi that is seeking to unseat NRM’s David Wakikona Wandendeya.
In the same race is Patrick Wamboko Kituno, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Four independent candidates are contesting in Lutsheshe county against NRM’s Isaac Modoi. They include Godfrey Watenga Nabutanyi, Micheal Wekosesa, Moses Bikala Mukuwa and Wilson Nabwokye.
Kadaga said that it is ideal for those who lost the NRM primaries to support the official party candidates for the interest of the party.
She acknowledged that a lot did not go well during the primaries, but hastened to add that the party is internally addressing the shortcomings.
Agnes Nandutu, one of the independent candidates in the Bududa Woman MP race told URN that there was no need for attending the meeting since she had already gone past her pursuit for the NRM ticket. Nandutu insists that her victory was snatched through acts of intimidation and voter bribery.
Wilson Wangolo, an LCV aspirant said the interparty wrangles in the district need to be ironed out and appealed to fellow contenders to ‘lower their guards’ and support the official candidates for the party.
Bududa Resident District Commissioner (RDC) John Watenyeli Nabende called for consistency among party members in order to avoid tainting their political career, citing that it is because of consistency that he was appointed RDC