The National Resistance-Movement-NRM party has formed groups spearheaded by persons that are attached to ethnicities in the constituency to reach out to voters in their homes and business premises. They started the door-to-door drive on Monday combing through villages across the constituency.
Chris Baryomunsi, the NRM party vice chairperson for Western Region says independents become extremely disruptive in the previous elections, that if there are legitimate concerns then they need to be addressed without rapturing the party.
Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo is optimistic that her experience in law will win her the endorsement of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) for the Deputy Speaker race.
According to the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, although all MPs in the party are free to express their interest and contest for the Speakership race, the contestants will be vetted and approved by the party’s Central Executive Committee-CEC.
According to Mike Mukula, the Eastern NRM Regional Vice-chairperson says the CEC mostly considers loyalty and interest of the party when picking a Speaker. He says this is what determines who will work in consideration of the interests of the appointing authority.
Senators Cory Booker and Jim Risch who are both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations expressed concern about the state of rights violations and democracy in Uganda. Their concerns were documented in a letter dated March 4, to the Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Oulanyah was called to preside over Wednesday’s session to allow Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to mourn her niece Sheila Alitwala Kadaga who died on Monday. This came moments after Koboko Woman MP Margaret Babadiri put Kadaga to the task to explain the whereabouts of the Deputy Speaker at a time when she needed a break to deal with the loss.
The Committee was tasked by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to take stock of violations that marred the electoral process. It is expected to report back within a month. As part of the investigation, the committee is planning to interact with Presidential candidates, securities agencies, among the police and the army, as well as victims of the said violations.
They include West Budama North MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth, Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among, Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa, Gomba West MP Robinah Rwakojo, Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga County MP and State Minister for Finance David Bahati.
Addressing the meeting, Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of Uganda, said the main focus is on working together and ensure free and fair transparent election that will guarantee a special government despite the tension, friction and confrontation among the political parties.
In a press statement sent to Uganda Radio Network, the NRM says that security was invited because the heightened political season has put security on high alert following the detection of large numbers of coordinated groups operating in the field
In 2019, Saul Maate, the Kasese District LC V Chairperson suspended four FDC legislators from the district executive committee accusing them of having ties with president, Yoweri Museveni and shunning party meetings.
Of the 10 candidates that have been cleared for nominations, only they have pinned posters along the Kyambogo Road. They include President Museveni, General Henry Tumukunde, and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The confusion erupted after Masindi district chairperson Cosmas Byaruhanga and Wilson Isingoma Mugimba turned up for the nomination both presenting documents from the NRM party secretariat endorsing them as the legitimate flag bearers.
Byaruhanga was declared the winner with 8,987 votes defeating Moses Mubiru who polled 3,022 votes. The other people in the race included Adam Kibuka who garnered 2,430 votes accounting and James Buteera Kiyonga who managed only 76 votes.