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Political Divisions, Land Grabbing Dominate Kayunga Campaigns

As they start their campaigns, the candidates messages to the electorate are centred around resolving the challenges that have characterised Kayunga over the years. One of the key issues is the decade long fight between the NRM District Chairperson Moses Karangwa and the Woman Member of Parliament Idah Nantaba.
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Political divisions, land grabbing, and the poor road network have taken centre stage in ongoing campaigns by candidates competing for the Kayunga District Chairman's seat.

The Electoral Commission nominated Six candidates to contest for the seat and replace the former chairperson Ffeffeka Sserubogo who died a month after occupying the office. They include Andrew Muwonge of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, Harriet Nakwede of the National Unity Platform-NUP, Anthony Waddimba from the Democratic Party-DP and independent candidates; Boniface Bandikubi,  Majid Nyanzi and Jamil Kamoga.

But as they start their campaigns, the candidates messages to the electorate are centred around resolving the challenges that have characterised Kayunga over the years. One of the key issues is the decade long fight between the NRM District Chairperson Moses Karangwa and the Woman Member of Parliament Idah Nantaba.

The two are giving a hard time to the NRM secretariat members who pitched camp in the district to win support for their candidate Andrew Muwonge. Despite starting the open campaigns on Thursday, the NRM secretariat has maintained special meetings of local leaders to discourage conflict-ridden politics.

The NRM First Vice-Chairman Alhajji Moses Kigongo, notes that residents of Kayunga have stated that the fights between the two leaders are paralysing the progress of the district.

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Divisions are also described by candidates from the opposition parties among the major factors causing underdevelopment in the district. Harriet Nakwede of the National Unity Platform says political sanity will prevail again once they reject all leaders who promote divisions and the people they front.

Nakwede accuses Nantaba and Karangwa of promoting land wrangles which they use as a campaign tool during political seasons. She notes that they have designed strategies to end such wrangles and thereafter focus on transforming the education system, improving the road network and securing markets for farmers.

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Anthony Waddimba, the Democratic Party candidate says unless people start voting for candidates without any attachment to the old folks of Kayunga, divisions and land disputes will continue in the district.

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However, according to Karangwa, his role is supporting and promoting NRM interest as well as listening to the party superiors. He notes that now they camped in the district, he is only looking forward to seeing victory in the by-election.  

In the ongoing by-election, Nantaba backed Majid Nyanzi, an NRM-leaning independent candidate and also the current mayor of Kayunga Town Council. But she maintains that it is her constitutional right to determine her political path and maintain her tactics to create a winning team. She says that she has no intention of fighting NRM where she started politics before deciding to become Independent.

Nyanzi says his major reasons for standing are transforming the education system in rural areas of the district and the poor road network.

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Other candidates in the race are Boniface Bandikubi and Jamiir Kamoga, the son of the late Ffeffeka Sserubogo who are contesting as independent candidates. The two are canvassing for votes using a door to door style due to financial limitations.

Meanwhile, residents of Kayungasay that leaders are aware of challenges within the district but they instead use them to fulfil their personal interests rather than create change. Drake Kambaza, a resident at Kayonza says unless voters ignore leaders who front bribes for votes and focus on those presenting serious issues, the district will change to a proper direction.                              

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