Trouble started after the Makindye councillor Zaharah Luyurika was declared the winner of the vote that was cast by 41 councillors belonging to NUP. Luyurika got 12 votes against his closest challenger Hakim Kiiza who got 10 votes.
There were ugly scenes at the offices of the National Unity
Platform-NUP on Friday as councillors at the Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
belonging to the party met to choose who will be the candidate for the office
of the speaker and deputy speaker.
NUP won majority seats in the 54-member KCCA Council. Trouble
started after the Makindye councillor Zaharah Luyurika was declared the winner
of the vote that was cast by 41 councillors belonging to NUP. Luyurika got 12
votes against his closest challenger Hakim Kiiza who got 10 votes.
Also in the race was John Mary Ssebuufu who got 09 votes,
Tegusulwa Innocent 06 and Jeremiah Keeya Mwanje who got 04 votes. For the
deputy speaker position, Masaba Nasur emerged the winner with 12 votes followed
by Bukenya Boniface with 07 votes, Kigozi Rose Nalubwama 05, Nakubulwa Ritah
04, Nakitende Marvis, Nusifa Nakato and Ssemakula Munir each got 03 votes while
Nakakande Lillian was the last with 02 votes.
To the majority of NUP supporters, this was unacceptable. They
accused those who went through using money to bribe their way to the position.
They said it was unacceptable that people who were NUP only in the name could
come and take away positions that should have been for what they called the
//Cue in…twagala bwenkanya
Cue out…I’m not a spokesperson,”//
For about 20 minutes, the election of speaker for the five
divisions of Kampala came to a standstill as the enraged NUP supporters threw
files and papers of the Electoral Management Committee headed by Mercy Walukamba.
Led by Sauda Madada, the supporters demanded that the Committee
overturns the decision of the Electoral College because it was inconsistent
with the values of NUP. Before the voting, Kyagulanyi had also expressed dismay
that some candidates had used the money to influence the election. He said that
it is such kind of vices prevalent in the ruling National Resistance Movement
that they came out to fight.
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This is not the first time that allegations of bribery have been levelled
against some members of the NUP. It is alleged that even in Monday’s election
of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, some Members of Parliament
belonging to the NUP were given money to vote for either Kadaga or Anita Among
who eventually became the deputy speaker.
Money is also said to have exchanged
hands during the process of identifying the party’s flag bearers. Meanwhile,
Walukamba before the melee had asked candidates who have been defeated in the
party’s internal elections not to contest as independents. She said this
undermines party cohesion.
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It should be recalled that Luyirika who was in DP then was one of
the councillors who in 2013 conspired with the government to impeach Lord Mayor
Elias Lukwago. In the 2016 general election, she was defeated forcing her to
get a job with the KCCA technical wing. She said she’s the best speaker for