Noeline Nabikindu, the NUP party mobilization coordinator in Sembabule town council argues that their political space is being narrowed by security personnel that are continuously disrupting their mobilization activities.
However, some of the voters that have listened to the candidates so far in Bukomansimbi and Sembabule are not pleased with the way the presidential hopefuls resonate with the challenges in their respective areas.
Expedito Musoke, a resident of Kiwuula village in Sembabule and an enthusiast of politics in the district, says some of the presidential aspirants are still unknown because they don’t have active political structures that would popularize them.
Mayambala who was driving a Toyota Spacio only held open-campaign meetings in Kiriri, Kanoni and Kabulasoke trading centres in Gomba district, and had two stopovers in the trading centres of Mpigi district, where he addressed the electorate using a megaphone.
“The purpose of this letter is to request for your assistance and intervention in this matter as to why the Secretary-General has failed to comply with the Electoral Laws and seek your further guidance in this matter,” the petition reads in part.
In a letter to the Electoral Commission, Rubongoya noted that the party’s Management Committee has rejected Babikola’s decision. According to Rubongoya, the management committee was not convinced by the reasons given by their candidate.
This was after the party authorities failing to break the stalemate on the official flagbearer pitting President Museveni's Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Foreign Minister Kutesa's daughter Shartsi Nayebare Musherure Kuteesa
Despite her being nominated with a Radio as her campaign symbol, Kabatsi is still haggling for the support of the NRM members in the area, pleading to them to swap her for the official flag bearer for the seat.
Madrine Tushabe, the NRM candidate for Rugusuulu sub-county female youth councilor’s slot in Sembabule district, argues that it is unreasonable for the party leadership to include the outgoing leaders to participate in the election of incoming leaders.
The affected villages include; Kannunga, Rushese and Kizaano polling station in Rugusulu Sub county, in Mawogola North Constituency where supporters turned rowdy as they engaged in bitter alterations that resulted into fighting.
George William Katokoozi, the NRM elections registrar for Sembabule declared Kaguta aka Sodo the winner with a total of 17, 343 votes beating Shartsi Musherure Kuteesa who polled 16,104 votes and Salim Kisekka who emerged last with 4,274 votes
According to the party guidelines issued on Tuesday, the voters were supposed to start by participating in the election of the constituency MPs after which they would proceed to vote for the women MP Aspirants. But many of the voters left the polling stations after the first process.
Sembabule Resident District Commissioner Nickson Niwagaba says that they had deployed at least 200 police officers in each of the nine sub-counties to prevent eventualities similar to the ones that led to the cancellation of the polls on September 4, when violence erupted in many parts of the district.
The declaration of winners in Rugusuulu was delayed following a dispute on the validity of results from two villages. This has now generated a sharp controversy among the contestants as the deadline for nomination of local government candidates’ by the National Electoral Commission draws closer.
Fredrick Tumwine, an intending male youth Councillor for Mujwala Sub County says that besides incurring costs to obtain signatures of seconders, they also challenged by the expenses associated with securing statutory declarations from the courts of law.