At least six people had declared interest in the seat now held by FDCs Betty Aol Ochan. They include Catherine Lamwaka, Grace Atim Oleyowiya, Joyce Alima, Harriet Aber, Rose Nyapolo and Sharon Laker Balmoi.
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Aspirants for the Gulu Women MP seat are accusing the National Resistance Movement â€“ NRM party of manipulating them to abandon the desire in favor of Catherine Lamwaka, the former Resident District Commissioner.
The women say that Gulu NRM chairperson Kiiza Martin Abonga summoned them to step down after a meeting held at City Royale Hotel in Kampala a week ago.
At least six people had declared interest in the seat now held by FDC\'s Betty Aol Ochan. They include Catherine Lamwaka, Grace Atim Oleyowiya, Joyce Alima, Harriet Aber, Rose Nyapolo and Sharon Laker Balmoi.
URN has learnt that so far two people; Grace Atim Oleyowiya, a musician and Alima Joyce, the deputy Speaker of Gulu district council have heeded and pulled out of the race. The rest however are challenging the motive saying it\'s an indicator that the party primaries will not be free and fair since the party already has a preferred candidate.
Sharon Laker Balmoi, one of the aspirants says she cannot step down out of pressure but emphasizes that the person being fronted to stand as sole candidate may not be the people\'s choice.
Kiiza Abonga the NRM Chairperson in Gulu dismisses the claim saying that although they held the meeting, nobody was forced to step down. He adds that whereas two stepped down, one more person has come on board.
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Alima says her act was driven by the huge number of contenders in the race which would disintegrate NRM votes.