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Kabale UPC Leadership Abandon Own Candidate

Viola Nahabwe, the UPC candidate says the decision by the party leaders to undermine her bid is unfortunate. He singles out Paul Karekyera, the former Kabale UPC chairperson and his successor Wilkens Arinaitwe of leading the confusion among other members.

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The decision by Uganda People' Congress (UPC) party leaders in Kabale to abandon their party candidate for the woman parliamentary seat in favor of her Go Forward rival, Hope Mwesigye has split party members. Viola Nahabwe was nominated to contest for Kabale woman parliamentary seat on the UPC party ticket.

However, Uganda People' Congress-UPC party leaders in Kabale led by their chairperson Wilkens Arinaitwe, have thrown their weight behind Mwesigye leaving Nahabwe on her own.

The move by the party leaders has drawn angry reactions from some UPC party members and Nahabwe. Lawrence Kwebasa, a UPC member in Kabale, says it is unfortunate that their party leaders have decided to abandon the UPC flag bearer yet they have had difficulty finding suitable candidates to field.

He says the decision by the party leaders to back Mwesigye is likely to weaken the party further. Viola Nahabwe, the UPC candidate says the decision by the party leaders to undermine her bid is unfortunate. He singles out Paul Karekyera, the former Kabale UPC chairperson and his successor Wilkens Arinaitwe of leading the confusion among other members.

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She however, says the decision by the party leaders to back her rival will not deter her.

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Wilkens Arinaitwe, the Kabale District UPC chairperson, defends their decision; saying says Nahabwe's candidature is unclear to them. He accuses Nahabwe of not recognizing their local party leadership.

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