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Two Nominated for Ishaka By-election

Tayebwa was accompanied for nomination by about 15 supporters.
The nominations of candidates for the Ishaka Municipality MP by-elections kicked off this morning on a low note at Bushenyi multipurpose hall, amidst heavy police deployment. First to be nominated was Odo Tayebya, the Forum for Democratic Change candidate who walked to the nomination venue. Tayebwa was accompanied for nomination by about 15 supporters.

 

Shortly after being declared candidate by Barbra Mulimira, Bushenyi District Electoral Commission Registrar, Tayebwa led a procession of his supporters to Bushenyi town and launched his campaign office. Nasser Basajabalaba, the former Ishaka Municipality MP who was thrown out by court, arrived at the nomination at about 11am in a big motorcade.

 

He was accompanied several NRM top officials including Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister General Kahinda Otafire, Information minister Mary Karoro Okurut and Lwemiyaga county Member of parliament Theodore Ssekikubo. Other candidates expected to be nominated later today include Robert Bwarale, an Independent, Robert Owakuhunura, and Ismail Kikurwe.

 

Another NRM leaning aspirant, Franklin Katungwe, pulled out of the race after president Yoweri Museveni allegedly promised to appoint him an envoy to war torn Somalia. Shortly after nominating both candidates, Barbra Mulimira, the Bushenyi Electoral Commission registrar warned them against campaigning before the official campaign period starting on Monday. The Ishaka parliamentary seat was declared vacant after the court of appeal judges found Nasser Basajabalaba guilty of voter bribery.

Led by Alice Mpagi, the deputy chief justice the judges argued that there was sufficient ground to nullify the election because Hassan Basajjabalaba, the brother to Nasser Basajjabalaba visited Ruharo church and campaigned for the legislator three days to the polls.

They argued that during his visit, Hassan Basajjabalaba donated shilling 5.7 million to the church for the purchase of Iron sheets, cement and facilitate the church choir with intentions of corrupting the church members to vote for his brother. They therefore declared the Ishaka county seat vacant and ordered fresh elections.