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Independent Candidate Withdraws from Kyegegwa Woman MP Race

Jackie Kyogabirwe and the incumbent Kyegegwa Woman MP Stella Kiiza lost to Flavia Kabahenda in the NRM primaries.
Jackie Kyogwabirwe
An independent candidate has withdrawn from the Kyegegwa Woman Member of Parliament race. 

Jackie Kyogabirwe and the incumbent Kyegegwa Woman MP Stella Kiiza lost to Flavia Kabahenda in the NRM primaries. 

The two returned as independents after their successful nomination. However, Kyogabirwe says that for the sake of maintaining harmony in the NRM party, she has withdrawn her candidature and is asking her supporters to rally behind Kabahenda. 

Asked whether she had been influenced to take the decision, Kyogabirwe says no one influenced her but added that she will return in 2026 general elections. 

"There is no one who can bribe me because I didn't join politics as a business," she says.

With Kyogabirwe's withdrawal, the race now remains with three candidates including Rehema Kunihira of National Unity Platform - NUP. 

In Tooro Sub Region, Kyogabirwe becomes the second candidate to withdraw from a parliamentary race. The first one was Elizabeth Nikuze who opted out of Bunyangabu Woman MP race. 

Nikuze, who had lost to Peace Mutuuzo the incumbent and State Minster for Gender in the NRM Primaries, also said she withdrew after a harmonisation meeting with the party leaders and flag bearers in the whole district. 

She has since asked her supporters to rally behind Mutuuzo.