According to Mercy Walukamba, the chairperson of the NUP Election Management Committee, two candidates Nabila Naggayi and Kuruda Ssali have today applied for the ticket and will be vetted tomorrow Saturday at the party offices in Kamwokya.
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Kampala Central Woman Member of Parliament Nabilah
Naggayi Sempala has resorted to the National Unity Platform to get a ticket to
run for the position of Kampala City Lord Mayor.
According to Mercy Walukamba, the chairperson of the
NUP Election Management Committee, two candidates Naggayi and Kuruda Ssali have
today applied for the ticket and will be vetted tomorrow Saturday at the party
offices in Kamwokya.
Naggayi confirmed to URN in a phone interview that
she was seeking the ticket from NUP and said "you will see me there"
while referring to tomorrow's vetting program. She did not give details as she
hung up when asked if this means that she had officially joined NUP and hence ditched
her party, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.
The move comes barely two months since the
legislator was denied the ticket by FDC to contest for the same position. Naggayi
had in July sought a ticket from FDC but was blocked by the party Electoral
Commission for missing nomination deadline.
Later FDC unveiled incumbent Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
as its candidate.
Earlier this week, NUP opened applications for the position
of Kampala Lord Mayor after Latif Sebaggala who had been successfully nominated
for the position withdrew in favor of Lukwago.
Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon who had competed
with Sebaggala asked NUP to give him the ticket. However, the party said their
legal department had advised them to open up the position again application.
Naggayi seized the opportunity to apply and now awaits vetting.
Mayanja, who had contested with Sebaggala did not
come back to seek the ticket. The spokesperson of his campaign team Andrew
Mugonza says he could not participate in a process he already won.
Mugonza explains that after NUP vetted Sebaggala and
Mayanja on 17th September 2020, before results of the process were pronounced, Sebaggala
withdrew leaving only Mayanja. He however says NUP went ahead and declared Sebaggala
a winner of the ticket despite him telling them he was no longer interested in
Now Mugonza says that to them, Mayanja is the
rightful person for the ticket and that if denied, they shall seek redress in
the courts of law. He also insinuates that Mayanja would stand even without a
NUP ticked when he said that standing is one thing and getting a ticket is