The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda
to explain government’s position on the delayed elections in new districts.
Kadaga on Tuesday questioned why the government has delayed conducting polls
in eight districts that became operational in July 2018. The districts
include Nabilatuk, Kapelebyong, Bugweri, Kwania, Kassanda and Kikuube.
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Opposition Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that it
was not only the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party that conducted
primaries for the new districts but also opposition parties.
He said that since the announcement of a road map by the Electoral
Commission, they started organizing and went through processes to field candidates but the polls have not been conducted.
Ssemujju alleges that government is no longer interested in the elections.
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Kadaga emphasized that government should immediately explain to parliament when
the elections will be held.
“And we are sending money to the districts, there is no
supervision, there are no Chairmen, there are no committees, therefore, there is no district service, there
are no public accounts. It is a serious issue,”
On 1st March, aspiring candidates in the six newly created
districts petitioned Kadaga over the delay in conducting elections. The contestants mainly flag bearers of the NRM party said that
residents have been deprived of services because they do not have elected leaders,
eight months after being operational.
The candidates included Rachael Magoola from Bugweri, Harriet
Busingye from Hoima district, Judith Achola from Kwania, and Niwirah Nalubowa
from Kassanda district.
The other petitioners included Peter Banura and Haji Shafi
Muziransa who are contenders for the district leadership seats from Kikuube and
Bugweri districts respectively.
They demanded that the Electoral Commission is facilitated to conduct the
Government requires 2.4 billion shillings to conduct elections in the