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Female Candidate in Luwero Struggles to Make inroads in Male Dominated Race

Birungi is contesting with five men in the race to lead Luwero district after the incumbent LCV Chairperson Ronald Ndawula opted to contest for a Parliamentary seat.
Rashidah Birungi an ANT Candidate for Luwero LC 5 Chairperson seat

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Birungi Rashidah the Alliance for National Transformation candidate for Luwero LCV Chairperson race is struggling to make inroads in the male-dominated race. 

Birungi is contesting with five men in the race to lead Luwero district after the incumbent LCV Chairperson Ronald Ndawula opted to contest for a Parliamentary seat.

Among the candidates are Uthman Jjuuko Kamoga (National Resistance Movement) Erasto Kibirango (National Unity Platform) and Daniel Sserubidde an independent candidate. Others are Vincent Ssebayiga and Dithan Kikabi all Independent candidates.

Birungi an educationist aged 37 years once elected seeks to Fight Gender-Based Violence, Corruption tendencies in local government institutions, promote agriculture and job creation among others.

But her effortsto woo supporters on her the side have met poor reception and financial constraints.

Birungi says that residents are asking her why she opted to contest on the seat rather than trying her luck on affirmative seats which include District Woman Member of Parliament or Female Councilor seat.

She explains that the public believes the seat is much suitable for males than females which are not true.

Although Birungi wants to educate voters that she is competent for the seat but she has also failed to canvass for votes due to lack of funds.

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Daniel Ssemuyaba the Kavule Parish Councilor at Luwero town council says that apart from gender discrimination, Birungi faces an uphill task to prove to voters her capacities with no leadership record in any elective office.

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Josephine Namuwonge a resident of Luwero town says that although she believes that Birungi can do better than men but the residents are not ready to vote for Woman for the seat.

Namuwonge adds that even her fellow women are yet to embrace her in the race and the majority support men.

Joseph Kigongo the Alliance for National Transformation Secretary for Mobilization in Luwero district belives that Birungi can overcome discrimination since many women have defeated men in many elections across the World.

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If Birungi wins the seat, she will become the first female to become the LCV Chairperson for Luwero District.

Another Female aspirant Aisha Kayaga pulled out of the race and settled for Butuntumula Sub-county female councillor seat citing related challenges.

Across the Country, few females have made it to LCV Chairperson seats. Among the few current leaders is Josephine Kasya for Kanungu district and Monica Ngobi for Kumi district.

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