On Tuesday, four legislators namely Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi from Butambala County, David Kalwanga, Busujju County, Betty Nambooze, Mukono Municipality and their Lubaga South counterpart, Aloysius Mukasa expressed interest in chairing the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus in a closed meeting.
The National Unity
Platform-NUP party has endorsed the Butambala County MP, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi as
their candidates for the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson race.
caucus brings together all legislators from the
Central region regardless of their political affiliation.
MPs use the caucus to
lobby programs and projects for the benefit of the region and liaise with the
Kabaka’s government in Bulange- Mengo to support the social and economic programs
of the monarch. On
Tuesday, four legislators namely Muhammad
Muwanga Kivumbi from Butambala County, David Kalwanga, Busujju County, Betty Nambooze, Mukono Municipality and their
Lubaga South counterpart, Aloysius Mukasa expressed interest in chairing the
Buganda Parliamentary Caucus in a closed meeting.
This comes ahead of tomorrow’s
elections, which will include candidates from other political parties. After hours of deliberations, NUP, which boasts of 57 members, endorsed Muwanga Kivumbi as their candidates for Buganda
Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson’s race. Also endorsed is David Kalwanga
for the position of caucus treasurer, Ntenjeru South MP (Independent) Patrick Nsanja
Secretary, Mityana Woman MP, Joyce Bagala Public Relations Officer and
Bukomansimbi North MP, Dr. Christine Ndiwalana as External Affairs
However, the endorsement of Muwanga Kivumbi did
not go down well with Nambooze who felt she was the right candidate for the
position of Buganda Caucus Chairperson. She stormed out of the meeting shortly
Kivumbi’s endorsement. Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP Spokesperson, says that the
party had reserved five out of the 10 positions.
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Addressing journalists shortly after his endorsement, Muwanga
Kivumbi promised to use the platform to push for the matters affecting the
people of Buganda once elected. He noted that the Buganda parliamentary caucus
should be able to shape the politics, economic and social policies of Uganda.
Kivumbi revealed that unemployment, land grabbing and evictions would form some
of their key areas of focus.