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Katikamu North Parliamentary Aspirant Crosses Back to DP After Failing To Secure NUP Ticket

Sam Serunjongi, who is eying the Wobulenzi town council LC III chairperson’s seat, says the District NUP Vetting Committee was also biased against certain aspirants and approved candidates based on friendship other than their contribution to the party.
Charles Sebyala declaring his return to DP

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The former Luweero Town Council LC III Chairperson, Charles Ssebyala has bounced back to the Democratic Party after failing to secure the National Unity Platform party ticket for the Katikamu North parliamentary seat. 

Ssebyala, who has been the NUP Coordinator in Luweero district, was denied the party ticket by the Candidate’s Vetting Committee last week. The committee instead handed the Katikamu North NUP flag to Denis Sekabira. 

The decision didn’t go down well with Sebyala who has since accused the Vetting Committee of favouritism, bribery and sidelining him despite his enormous contribution to the NUP/ People power activities in the district. On Monday, Sebyala told URN that he had decided not to waste time to petition the NUP Executive Board and decided to return to DP. 

According to Sebyala, his rival is little known in Katikamu North since he crossed from Nakaseke South constituency where he contested for the NRM MP ticket and lost in the primaries. 

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Charles Sebyala joined DP in 2014 after cutting ties with the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM Party during his tenure as Luweero town council LC III chairperson. He joined the People Power Movement in 2017, which metamorphosed into NUP.

He set up NUP offices in Luweero town council three months ago that he has been using to sell party cards as well as recruit new members. Emmanuel Nsubuga, the Acting Luweero District Democratic Party Chairperson has welcomed back Sebyala to DP, saying they have accepted his request to contest as the party flag bearer.

Several aspirants for Councilors and LC 3 Chairperson’s seats who failed to secure NUP tickets in Luweero have decided to run as independent candidates. Sam Serunjongi, who is eying the Wobulenzi town council LC III chairperson’s seat, says the District NUP Vetting Committee was also biased against certain aspirants and approved candidates based on friendship other than their contribution to the party.

Serunjongi lost the NUP party ticket to Moses Sebalamu and has since been nominated as an independent. Denis Sekabira, the NUP Katikamu North parliamentary candidate defended the Vetting Committee, saying they did due diligence and found those approved to be more popular among other factors.

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The Katikamu North parliamentary race has attracted six aspirants. The other aspirants are NRM’s Gaddafi Nasur, Ronald Ndawula, Fredrick Makaire and Ronald Kizza Ssenyange, all Independents.

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