There was a small scuffle when Makindye East Member of Parliament Derrick Nyeko who was also blocked tried to forcefully pass through the road block, but the security tamed him him with warnings being arrested.
The contest is mainly between Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanyah who has been serving as Deputy Speaker in the Tenth Parliament and Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga who has also been serving as Speaker in the previous parliament. Both candidates are from the ruling National Resistance Movement -NRM party but Kadaga chose to contest as an independent candidate after her party offered the flag to Oulanyah.
“The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United States on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties. It is our hope that other nations of the world will follow suit and support our quest for freedom and democracy,” reads the statement in part.
The draw mostly affects the Red Eagles who entered the game in pursuit of three points to bridge the gap between them and the table leaders Vipers SC. However, they remain in third place with 36 points while SC Villa is left outside the top four with 29 points.
In a campaign that was scientific—characterized by smaller crowds, broadcast media was a target for all political actors. Though it’s those with money who could buy space. And given that most radios in Uganda are owned by politicians of the ruling party, opposition parties reported being denied access to media space with no explanation.
According to Katumba who never wanted to reveal detailed information about his health status and which hospital he attends for medication locally, on every visit he makes he spends between 500,000 to one million shillings, which he says is quite high.
‘‘I have been taking rice, cooking oil, sugar, soap and other items to Kitalya and spending over 200,000shs every time I go there. Now I am just wondering, who could be the person taking advantage of a poor woman like me for all the tree times I have delivered all those items?” -Stella Nayiga.
According to Namatovu, because of her hearing impairment, her deceased son was a vital part of her life matrix since he served as her interpreter. Representing people with disabilities at Kawempe Division Council, she has already tested the perils of her son’s demise. “Now, the people I represent quarrel because they call and no one picks, they say I am not working,” she said.
Everest Kayondo, the Chairman of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) says that the current set up within the central business district does not allow a smooth flow of business, and asked the city authorities to “drop the politics, and restore sanity in the city.
According to Dr Odoi, those who opted to contest as independents only 42 (25 direct representatives and 17 women representatives) of the defiant 501 who stood after losing primaries managed to win and the rest lost in the general elections, an indication that the NRM electoral commission had originally done well its job by putting them aside.
The rains started a few minutes after 4 p.m. as stations closed the exercise, which was rather poorly attended. Polling officials in Nakawa and Makindye rushed to secure the ballot boxes in nearby shelters, from the open space where polling was conducted, all day long.