In Fort Portal Tourism City, Thomas Kakuru who was selected as the National Unity Platform – NUP candidate for the Northern Division parliamentary race missed nomination after failing to raise the Shillings 3 million nomination fees.
of funding has dashed the hopes of several youths in Tooro Sub-region to
contest for elective positions. Some of the affected youths missed nominations
for parliamentary seats while those who got nominated are struggling to print
posters or get media space for campaigns.
In Fort Portal Tourism City, Thomas Kakuru who was selected as the National
Unity Platform – NUP candidate for the Northern Division parliamentary race
missed nomination after failing to raise the Shillings 3 million nomination
fees. In 2015, Parliament amended the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2015 and
increased the nomination fees for Members of Parliament – MPs from Shillings 200,000
to 3 million.
Kakuru says that even though he had already traversed the area looking for
support, the nomination fee became a huge obstacle, which forced him to drop
out of the race. “The
financial criteria that have been used to test the capability of a person to
run as an MP are a direct assault to the youths who also want to take part in
politics and determine the direction of their country. It is meant to exclude
youths from fair representation and participation in the democratic leadership
process.” Kakuru says.
In Bunyangabu district, Joram Kisembo also failed to present himself for nomination
as the NUP candidate for Bunyangabu parliamentary seat due to failure to raise
the nomination fees. He says that he had been able to recruit at least 1,400
agents and campaign managers but didn’t have money by the time of nominations. Kisembo
says that he has now embarked on campaigning for the party presidential
candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
“If I rally
behind other opposition candidate or independent, my supporters will think
that I have been bribed or compromised in a certain way. So, since Bunyangabu
has no NUP candidate in the parliamentary race, I will continue mobilizing
support for my presidential flag bearer,” he said.
Mwesigye had intentions of joining the Kitagwenda county parliamentary race. He
says that he had already printed a few posters and since he was also a NUP flag
bearer, he was counting on the party for financial support especially, the nomination
fees. He, however, says he dropped out the race since the party didn’t give him the
Innocent Natukunda is the NUP Coordinator in Tooro Sub-region. According to Natukunda,
he almost missed the nominations for the Mwenge North Parliamentary race if it wasn’t
for well-wishers who supported his candidature financially. He reveals that
over 10 NUP candidates for different parliamentary seats in Tooro missed
nominations, which he blames on financial constraints.
Natukunda says that he is now unable to print posters or buy media space that
goes for about Shillings 600,000 Shillings an hour after exhausting his
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In order to enable meaningful youth participation in elective politics, the
youths want the financial requirements to either be revised or scrapped