In a letter addressed to the NRM party vice Chairperson Western region, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, Karuhanga notes that his withdraw from the race follows wide consultations with the party Chairperson President Museveni and other senior members of the party.
Dr Nicholas Karuhanga has withdrawn from the Igara West Member
Dr Karuhanga contested in the NRM party primaries and lost to Gaffa
Mbwatekamwa, the Kasambya County MP who shifted his political base to Bushenyi
Karuhanga later protested the results and petitioned the NRM
Elections Tribunal, which threw out his petition. He was last week nominated as
an independent candidate.
In a letter addressed to NRM party vice Chairperson Western
region, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, Karuhanga notes that his withdrawal from the race
follows wide consultations with the party Chairperson President Museveni and
other senior members of the party.
“So the sole purpose of
this letter is to inform your office that my candidature withdraw takes
immediate effect as I embark on a nationwide campaign for our party chairman
Gen. Yoweri Museveni”, reads the letter.
Speaking to NRM leaders in Bushenyi town on Friday, Baryomunsi
asked party leaders to focus on cohesion and support the party’s flag bearers.
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Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere, who is also standing as an independent candidate
for Igara West welcomed Karuhanga decision. He noted that he chose to stand
independent to destroy our party, the flag is held by a person who is not a
true NRM party member, but just disguising to be”, he said.
Mbwatekamwa is one of the NRM legislators who have branded rebels for voting
against party positions in Parliament. He had initially stationed himself
as a People Power allies but eventually returned to the NRM party after a meeting
with President Yoweri Museveni.
The NRM party has sent out
its top most party leaders to meet all party members that lost in the recently
held party primaries and chose to contest as independent candidates.
The incumbent MP Raphael Magyezi, who is also Minister for Local Government
said that he will not seek re-election in the 2021 elections.