The withdrawn candidate is 19-year-old Joshua Mutabazi who had been nominated on Tuesday to contest alongside Owebeyi, Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu of the National Resistance Movement (NRM)-party and independents Edward Mutabazi.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party has withdrawn its candidate in the Bukimbiri county by-election, in
order to jointly support James
Owebeyi, a candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party.
The withdrawn candidate is 19-year-old Joshua Mutabazi who had been nominated on Tuesday to contest alongside Owebeyi, Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu of the National
Resistance Movement (NRM)-party and independents Edward
reason, Mutabazi did not participate in campaigns that started on Thursday and a day later, the party issued a statement announcing that it has withdrawn its support for the candidate. According to the statement, this is aimed at
showing cooperation in jointly fighting to get rid of the military dictatorship of Uganda.
The statement also indicates that an FDC
candidate was also recently withdrawn from the Gogonyo county by-election, Pallisa
district, and opted to support a NUP candidate Joseph Okoboi Opolot.
“As you all know, the NUP backed the FDC candidate Hon.
Attan Moses in the concluded Soroti by-election. Likewise, FDC has recently
withdrawn its candidate in the Gogonyo Constituency by-election in Pallisa
District and opted to support the NUP candidate Hon. Okoboi Joseph. However,
following our renewed effort to work alongside all forces of change, we have
taken a decision to withdraw our candidate from this election.
shall be supporting and backing the FDC candidate. These
steps give greater cooperation in our effort to rid our nation of
military dictatorship. We appreciate
comrade Mutabazi Joshua for his maturity and appreciation of the urgent need
for the forces of change to work together at this critical time," the statement reads.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP party
spokesperson confirmed the decision to withdraw from the race but
did not divulge as much detail.
Voting in Bukimbiri is scheduled to take place on August 11,
2022. The by-election stems from the court of Appeal's decision to nullify the
victory of Kwizera citing irregularities following a successful application by
In his application, Owebeyi argued that although the
candidate's photos and party symbols that appeared on ballot papers were
genuine, they carried different names. The ballot papers carried the names of
Arthur Kazoora Atuzarirwe as the NRM flag bearer, Didas Byaruhanga Kagyinda as
the FDC flag bearer, and Victor Atwiine and Donzio Kahonda Mugabe as
independent candidates yet none of them were from the area.