Three councilors have expressed interest in the seat. They include Doreen Nyanjura, the Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party official candidate, Abubakar Kawalya also from FDC and their ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party rival, Bruhan Byaruhanga.
vying for the newly introduced speaker’s seat at Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA have intensified campaigns as the election date draws closer.
KCCA councilors go to the polls on March 5, 2020 to elect their pioneer
councilors have expressed interest in the seat. They include Doreen Nyanjura,
the Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party official candidate, Abubakar Kawalya
also from FDC and their ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party rival, Bruhan
three aspirants are working hard to woo councilors to their side. Nyanjura told
URN that she no longer has weekends as she continues to reach out to individual
councilors from different parties to back her candidature.
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The outspoken Makerere
University councilor has the full blessing of the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago,
who has openly expressed his support for her. Some of the councilors on
Nyanjura team are the Nakawa councilor, Moses
Mugisha Okwera, Kyambogo’s Olive Namazzi, Kennedy Okello and Makindye’s Doreen
Nyanjura faces stiff competition from Lubaga
North Councilor Abubakar Kawalya who claims to be the right FDC candidate. Kawalya
is said to have emerged winner in the caucus polls held in December 2019. Nyanjura
declined to participate in the elections and opted that the party top
leadership guides the process.
The FDC leadership
asked interested members to express interest in
writing for nomination. Despite expressing interest, Kawalya declined to turn
up for nominations when he that the candidate would be decided by the party National
Executive Committee. Kawalya, a People power sympathizer, says he is be hunted
by his party because of his affiliation to the pressure group.
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He has continued to
camp despite threats of disciplinary action by the party leadership, which he
calls betrayal. Kawalya has the support of at
least five FDC councilors including Ismail Damba of Lubaga South, Umar Kajumba of
Makindye West, Rashida Naluwooza of Kawempe North, Nakabugo Faridah of
Rubaga South Councilor and Happy Nasasira from Nakawa are his know
Opposition dominated council has 32 councilors 18 of whom are from the
FDC. Despite enjoying the majority, the two FDC councilors need support
from non FDC members to win. According to KCCA Amendment Act 2019, one needs
more that 50% of the votes to be declared Speaker.
Some members from the
two FDC camps, told URN on condition of anonymity that they are seeking an
alliance with the NRM candidate Byaruhanga. Both are proposing that he supports
them for Speakership in exchange for the position of Deputy Speaker.
Byaruhanga confirmed that some members from both
teams claiming to represent their candidates had approached him with the
alliance deal but he declined the proposal saying he knows he is strong and
stands high chances of victory.
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However, the two FDC camps have denied seeking
an alliance with NRM. Nyanjura says this is blackmail and should be treated
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Byaruhanga is one of the councilors said to be
not in good books of the Lord Mayor. He openly
told Lukwago told the last council meeting that could be his last meeting to
chair under KCCA.
In his response, Lukwago said it appeared there were some Councilors
who could not wait to see him out of the chairmanship of the council. Byaruhanga says whether he is in good books of
the Lord Mayor or not, it is not a prerequisite for him to win the speaker’s
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The position of speaker and deputy speaker were
introduced at KCCA and the five division in the KCCA Amendment act 2019.
Speakers will take over Chairmanship of council sitting from the Lord Mayor and