Muhanguzi says that he was shocked to learn that Namagembe had documents introducing her to EC as the FDC candidate for Kasangati 1 woman councilor despite the fact that it was never stamped by his office as required by the party constitution.
There was drama at Wakiso District Electoral Commission offices on Monday when two aspirants for the Kasangati-I Woman councillor’s slot turned up for nominations claiming to be the official Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidates.
Whereas Wakiso district FDC leaders endorsed Mariam Nannungi as the party candidate after trouncing Aisha Namagembe in the primaries, the latter was endorsed by the party headquarters. As a result, both aspirants turned up for nominations at Wakiso District Electoral Commission offices during the nomination of candidates for lower local government positions including councillors and chairpersons.
When Namagembe presented her papers to the EC officials for verification and nomination on the FDC ticket, she was immediately pulled out of the nomination queue by Wakiso District party chairperson, Caleb Muhanguzi, saying the endorsement of candidates is a reserve of his office as enshrined in the FDC constitution and not the party headquarters.
He explained that Nannungi trounced Namagembe in the party primaries and was declared official candidate. Muhanguzi says that he was shocked to learn that Namagembe had documents introducing her to EC as the FDC candidate for Kasangati 1 woman councillor despite the fact that it was never stamped by his office as required by the party constitution.
He accused the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi for employing double standards.
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Miriam Nannungi also faulted the FDC Electoral Commission headquarters for endorsing another candidate well knowing that she was the rightful winner of the primaries.
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Vivian Namagembe, the Kyadondo East FDC Registrar, who had accompanied Namagembe for nomination also accused the party top leadership of failing to respect lower office-bearers even after entrusting them to execute party activities.
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Pastor Robert James Kakande, the Kyaddondo East FDC chairperson, said instead of contested the results of the primary elections at the district as stipulated by the constitution, Namagembe ran to the party headquarters in violation of their constitution.
Kakande says that whereas the district petitioned against the headquarters’ decision to carry out fresh elections, their appeal was never heard but they were surprised to learn that Namagembe had also got a nod to contest on the party ticket.
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Namagembe told Uganda Radio Network that after the party primaries, which she contested at FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi, the district party leaders and Nannungi ignored the ruling on the matter issued by the party headquarters calling for a by-election.
//Cue in; nenkola petition akakamyufu..
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When contacted for a comment, Wakiso District Electoral Commission Returning Officer, Tolbert Musinguzi advised the two aspirants to sort them out and come up with one person to register on the party ticket or else, the commission would consider the one who comes in first to take the ticket.
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The FDC Party Spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda couldn’t be reached for comment by the time of filing this story as his known mobile numbers were switched off.