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Ismail Wagaba, independent candidate for the Mawogola North parliamentary seat, says the internal party disputes have charged the electorates in the area. He says the voters are less willing to give audience to candidates from other shades of opinion despite the fact that they are not part of the dispute.
28 Oct 2020 08:06
Left; Shartsi Musherure Kuteesa, Salim Kuteesa, Aine Godfrey Ssodo and Hillary Tukundane, four of the Seven candidates for Mawogola County MP seat

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The tension in the National Resistance Movement-NRM camp in Sembabule district is hampering the effective participation of other candidates seeking political offices in the area.   

NRM members are sharply divided into different camps following the failure by the party leadership to resolve the dispute over the Mawogola North constituency parliamentary candidate. The party didn’t sponsor a candidate due to the sharp controversy after Shartsi Musherure Kuteesa, one of the candidates in the primary election disputed the official results that had given victory to his rival Godfrey Aine Kaguta Sodo, a brother to President Museveni. 


In a rather controversial decision, the party allowed both contestants to run as independents, which has worsened political tension among the supporters of the warring camps. This has effectively reduced political space for seven other candidates vying for the same seat.  

Ismail Wagaba, independent candidate for the Mawogola North parliamentary seat, says the internal party disputes have charged the electorates in the area. He says the voters are less willing to give audience to candidates from other shades of opinion despite the fact that they are not part of the dispute.  

According to Wagaba, the constituency has largely been divided into two confrontational political camps each paying allegiance to one of the warring contenders. Wagaba also says that they are also being haunted by-election irregularities that include violence and voter intimidation that played out in the NRM primaries, which he says is likely to spill over to the general campaigns.

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Hillary Tukundane, another independent candidate, says voters in the area were also made to embrace the vice of bribery because the primaries were highly monetized hence creating unleveled ground for the candidates. 

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Catherine Nakayiza, another independent candidate and the National Unity Platform –NUP Henry Nyanzi argues that despite the challenges they are still committed to their political pursuit.

Nakayiza has resorted to a campaign of changing the attitude of the voters, saying she will gradually appeal to the voter’s conscience to denounce and shun any form of electoral malpractice and violence. 

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Barbra Busingye, the Semambule Electoral Commission District Registrar, says they haven’t received any complaints about campaign malpractices. He challenges the affected candidates to formally report to the commission to restrain the perpetrators.