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6 in Butambala By-election Race

Six people have picked nomination forms to contest in the Butambala County parliamentary by-election scheduled for September 12, 2012.
Six people have picked nomination forms to contest in the Butambala County parliamentary by-election scheduled for September 12, 2012.

The Butambala District Returning Officer Mark Muganzi says that those who picked nomination forms Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi of Democratic Party, Faisal Kikulukunyu of National Resistance Movement, and Ibrahim Tomusange of Uganda Federal Alliance. The others are Mercy-Moses Kasule of Forum for Democratic Change, and Faridah Nakiboneka and Sharif Ssentongo who want to contest on independent tickets.

Muganzi says that the candidates will be nominated on August 28 and 29 and have been advised to return the filled forms before the nomination dates for scrutiny.

Aisha Kabanda, a state house operative also plans to contest in the by-election despite the presence of NRM candidate Faisal Kikulukunyu, who recently got backing from President Yoweri Museveni.

The candidates have started ground campaigns and strategising before nominations and are promising to improve road networks, agriculture, health and promote unity.

Nakiboneka says that she wants to mobilise people to engage and revamp agriculture in the county. Nakiboneka also wants to diffuse political tension tagged on political parties and unite the people to work for improving their welfare.

Muwanga Kivumbi says Butambala County has lagged behind in development because of lack of vocal leaders who can champion people’s demands. Kivumbi says that when elected he will lobby government to invest more in agriculture, health and education.

Kikulukunyu, who recently lost the seat in a court ruling, promises to be a bridge between the central government and the residents because he subscribes to ruling party.

But Swaleh Kabanda, a youth councilor at Butambala district council, says that people should vote for a candidate who will be able to lobby the central government to tarmac Gomba-Mpigi road and other major roads which are in poor state. He adds that this has also affected farmers’ accessibility to markets for their produce.

The Court of Appeal annulled Kikulukunyu’s February 2011 election victory after his political rival, Muwanga Kivumbi, successfully challenged it on grounds of voters’ bribery.

The by-election follows others in Kasese, Bukoto South, Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality, Luweero, Jinja East, Entebbe Municipality and Busiro North, that all came after the 2011 elections. The ruling NRM has managed to win only one in Busiro North.

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