Sodo told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that his decision to withdraw from the race was reached after a series of meetings with President Museveni who asked him to step down for his opponent for purposes of building cohesion both within the party and their family.
Sodo Kaguta (L) and Shartsi Kutesa
Godfrey Aine Kaguta famously known as Sodo one the parliamentary contestants
for Mawogola North Constituency has withdrawn from the race hours to polling
Sodo, a young brother to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been
one of the eight aspirants vying to replace the Foreign Affairs Minister Sam
Kahamba Kuteesa, who retired from elective politics before fronting his daughter
Shartsi Mushurure Nayebale Kuteesa to take up the position.
Sodo told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that his decision
to withdraw from the race was reached after a series of meetings with President
Museveni who asked him to step down for his opponent for purposes of building
cohesion both within the party and their family.
He says that President Museveni met with campaign teams from the
two camps and convinced them to make a truce ahead of the Thursday polls. Sodo
is however hesitant to divulge into details of their meeting.
Sodo and Museherure were standing as independent candidates
following the controversy that surrounded the election and results from the
National Resistance Movement Party primaries in the area.
While the official NRM Electoral Commission tally results had
given Sodo victory, Musherure disputed them on grounds of gross irregularities
that included among others violence and ferrying in voters, which prompted the
NRM elections Tribunal to nullify the whole process and withdrawing the party
However, Sodo challenged the party’s decision to withdraw his
flag, by declaring the process a nullity.
Last month, Justice Musa Ssekana ruled that it was illegal for the
National Resistance Movement-NRM party Elections Dispute Tribunal to
fail to decide on the legitimate candidate for the Mawogola North Parliamentary
Justice Ssekaana concurred with Sodo that the NRM Elections
Dispute Tribunal acted in violation of the NRM Elections regulations of 2020
when it failed to make a definitive decision on the matter and instead chose to
send it to the Central Executive Committee.
The stiff political contest between Sodo and Musherure has been
characterized by fierce experiences that have put the district on tenterhooks
and causing sharp divisions among the electorate.
Musherure will now contest against Henry Nyanzi for National Unity
Platform-NUP, Moses Lyazi of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and
independents Salim Kisekka, Ismail Wagaba, Christine Nakayiza and Hillary