Sodo Aine Kaguta brother to President Yoweri Museveni as been disqualified as National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for Mawogoola North following a petition by Shartis Kutesa, a daughter of Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.
Sodo beat Kutesa in NRM party primaries but Kutesa contested the defeated alleging that the elections were marred by violence and vote rigging. She thereafter, petitioned the party for redress.
Also disqualified are Col. Fred Mwesigye of Nyabushozi and Stephen Kangwagye for Bukanga.
However, a source that talked to Sodo told EagleOnline that Sodo wasn’t aware about his disqualification as he was on the way to Sembabule for nomination.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan was on Thursday nominated to stand for the newly created Gulu Woman Member of Parliament.
Aol, who promised to paint the whole Gulu district blue, was accompanied by the former Member of Parliament for Gulu Municipality, Christopher Achire. Achire is now standing for Gulu City Mayor on Forum for Democratic Change party ticket.
“I have been successfully nominated as the Woman Member of Parliament for Gulu City on the FDC Ticket,” said Aol after nominations.
The Leader of Opposition, however, condemned the arrest of opposition candidates across the country on the first date of nomination.
“It is unfortunate that many of the Opposition MPs have been arrested in the exercise,” said Aol.
She noted that the arrests are meant to deprive the Opposition candidates of a chance to participate in a leveled political ground.
“It is a shame that the regime that has continued to deprive Ugandans of a levelled ground to compete democratically,” she noted.
The aspiring Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Cedric Babu Ndilima has chided Kampala’s political leadership for abandoning the electorate, something that he said is to blame for the rampant joblessness and poverty.
He made these remarks shortly after being nominated at the Electoral Commission’s Ntinda based offices on Thursday October 15, 2020.
Speaking to ChimpReports today, Babu, who faces a gigantic task of ousting the incumbent Muhammad Nsereko, criticized the city leaders for paying no attention to the needs of the people who voted them into power once the elections are done.
“First of all, there has been a complete disconnection between the community and leadership over the last few years. So really what we are trying to do, myself and my team, is bridge that gap and empower the community. We have 145 villages so we have to try and focus,” he pointed out.
“We need better representation in Parliament, we have to look at the issues that affect the people and stand up to the challenges we have been facing, because we have a big issue with unemployment. We have to look at things like job creation, create businesses. Government is not the only source, local government is also a big source but we also need to attract corporate Ugandans into CSR activities,” Babu further stated.
On the other hand, National Unity Platform’s Abubaker Kawalya publicly intimated that theirs is a struggle to end President Yoweri Museveni’s rule and that a constituency seat is a mere stepping stone.
This, Kawalya said, is the reason as to why he has allegedly been on “the Government list for a fortnight” and NUP’s Kamwokya offices were ransacked yesterday.
“Government is so scared to the extent that it’s using its machinery and some of our colleagues who we presume to be in the same struggle with us to ensure that Kawalya is not nominated. Military and Police are guarding my Kawaala home,” he explicitly claimed.
Whereas the nominations were largely peaceful, Chimp Reports understands that a number of NUP supporters wearing paraphernalia resembling Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) fatigue were arrested.
Also, the party’s Kampala Woman MP Aspirant Shamim Malende had to bolt back to town after the passport photo she had presented was rejected by EC’s Presiding Officer Fredrick Muwaya on grounds that red berets were prohibited.