Weeks after she lost the NRM primaries for Fort Portal City Woman MP seat, Sylvia Kihunde, walked to the National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters at Kamwokya, Kampala, and picked the opposition party’s flag for the same seat.
Kihunde contested in the NRM primaries with current Kabarole Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwogo, Judith Mukidi and eventual winner Linda Irene Mugisa.
Kihunde joined Mukidi and Rwabwogo to denounce the results on grounds that the primaries were marred by vote-rigging, voter bribery, and voting by non-NRM members among other irregularities.
While Rwabogo and Mukidi announced that they will run as independents in the general elections, Kihunde quit NRM and formally joined NUP on September 28 because seeking election as an independent doesn’t make sense to her. She was handed the NUP flag on October 6.
“So, I decided to look for a party which is pro-change. I saw things that I had never seen in my life during the primaries. There was multiple voting and there was no transparency at all,” Kihunde said.
Kihunde, a former senior accounts officer at Fort Portal Municipal Council says that top on her agenda is ensuring that all irregularities in revenue collection are sorted once elected as the area Member of Parliament.
“I know exactly what goes on in the revenue collection department. Taxes are too high and others are not clear but I could not sort the mess while still part of them. That is why I resigned and joined politics so that I can start holding these people accountable,” she said.
Kihunde also says she will do her best to improve the education and health sectors in Fort Portal once given the chance to lead.
Thomas Kakuru, the Fort Portal NUP coordinator, described Kihunde as a very powerful candidate and they are convinced she will win the race.