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