Unity Platform-NUP, will not field a candidate in the Soroti City East
Parliamentary By-election. The position became vacant after the Court of Appeal
nullified the victory of the Forum for Democratic Change’s Moses Attan.
In May the
Court ruled that it was convinced that the Electoral Commission failed to
conduct free and fair elections after it irregularly
transferred Opiyai and Aloet wards from Soroti East to Soroti West after
the nomination of the candidates, which disfranchised over 4,560 voters.
reporters in Kampala on Thursday, David Lewis Rubonogaya, NUP Secretary-General
said in the spirit of working together as the opposition, they agreed to
support Attan to reclaim his seat.
that particular constituency,”// Luganda
Cue in…MP abaddeyo
Cue out…nga principle yaffe,”//
John Baptist Nambeshe, NUP’s Vice President for Eastern Uganda who also doubles
as the Opposition Chief Whip said the reason, they are supporting Attan is not
because they lacked a viable candidate but rather, they wanted to demonstrate
that when the opposition works together, they can achieve a lot.
He called upon
the FDC to support NUP candidates in Gogonyo County and Busongora South; all of
which fell vacant after their former MPs’ victories were nullified by the Court
//Cue in…it’s not that
Cue out… to scratch yours,”//
In the 2021
general elections, Attan defeated Herbert Edmond Ariko a former FDC member who
stood as an independent with 7,606 votes against 7,167. The NUP
candidate Emachu Arnold managed only 86 votes.
In the by-election,
Ariko will contest as an NRM candidate having crossed over to the ruling party
where he was nominated unopposed. Before crossing to NRM, Ariko has been
Speaker of Parliament Anita Annet Among’s Principal Private Secretary.
in Gogonyo County in Pallisa district, NUP has nominated Okoboi Joseph Opolot
as their flagbearer while Jackson Mbaju who recently crossed from FDC to NUP
has been nominated as the party’s flagbearer for Busongora County South in
In a related
development NUP also announced that it had nominated Lawrence Arionze as the
party flag-bearer for Makerere University Guild President.