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MP Ssempala Kigozi's Re-Election Bid Divides NUP, DP Supporters

The candidates led by Democratic Party's Al Hajji Abdul Farouk Sebandeka and National Unity Platform (NUP)'s David Sserukenya say Ssempala's re-election bid has divided their camps.
A lady expresses support for DP candidate Al Hajji Adbul Farouk Ssebandeke during the parliamentary campaigns in Makindye- Ssabagabo municipality. DP Photo
Opposition candidates have accused the incumbent Makindye Sabagabo Member of Parliament Emmanuel Ssempala Kigozi of dividing their supporters.

The candidates led by Democratic Party's Al Hajji Abdul Farouk Sebandeka and National Unity Platform (NUP)'s David Sserukenya accuse Ssempala of causing disunity among opposition supporters.

Ssempala, joined the DP party in 1998 and was elected on the DP ticket in 2016, but he is now seeking re-election on the independent ticket.

He was among the eleven MPs from DP who in August joined NUP. However, the NUP vetting committee selected Sserukenya as the flag bearer.

However, DP and NUP candidates say Ssempala's re-election bid has affected their support bases.

Sebandeke alleges that Ssempala was an NRM sympathizer when he was still in DP and even lured some members to join the NRM party.

“Ssempala at first was in NRM.  When he joined DP, we thought he had reformed. But he has been taking DP members to NRM," Sebandeke says.

Sserukenya says Ssempala has divided NUP supporters, but note that he will defeated in next year’s elections.

However Ssempala has refuted the allegations that he is capitalizing on the divisions in the two camps. He says he has never been a member of NRM.

Ssempala says that he left DP because he was never loyal to Norbert Mao and that he had lost the trust of DP party leaders. He is confident of his re-election bid, amidst the allegations.

Joseph Mpiima, a resident of Mutundwe says that voters are tired of leaders who switch parties.

Diana Namakula, a resident of Bunamwaya faults the opposition for dividing supporters.

He adds that some parties also lack structures at the grass-root levels that include villages and parishes.

“So I'll vote for NRM candidates because the opposition is much divided, these divisions will result in lost friendships and relationships," Namakula said.