According to Beine, following the candidate’s withdrawal voters will now cast their votes for the directly elected council since Mwesigwa has sailed through unopposed.
John Mwesigwa, the National Resistance Movement-NRM candidate
for Mabindo sub-county LC III Chairperson’s seat in Sembabule district has
remained unopposed following the withdraw of his soul from the race a few hours to the polls.
His independent rival, Didas Sseruyima has officially written
to Sembabule District Returning Officer, Robert Beine, Sseruyima confirming his
withdrawal from the election because of undisclosed reasons.
“…..I therefore voluntarily withdraw my candidature for the
above posting in the forthcoming local government elections due on 3rd February
2021,” the letter reads in part.
Beine has confirmed
receiving Sseruyima’s letter withdrawing from the race.
According to Beine, following the candidate’s
withdrawal voters will now cast their votes for the directly elected council since
Mwesigwa has sailed through unopposed.
Sseruyima’s withdraw from the race has generated bitter
reactions from his supporters, saying he should have consulted them before
quitting the race. His campaigner Andrew Kyalimpa says Sseruyima’s
sudden withdrawal from the polls just hours to the elections caught them by
they had high expectation that Sseruyima would
address the challenges of service delivery in their area but he has shattered
their hopes. Annette Namakula, another supporter of Sseruyima says that she
could not believe the news that her preferred candidate has quit the race at
the last minute, saying that this was not necessary.
She says that they had solicited for support and were very
sure of Sseruyima’s victory but it is unfortunate that he has pulled out.
of candidates in Sembabule is not new. During the parliamentary elections, Sodo
Aine Kaguta pulled out of the highly contested Mawogola North parliamentary
elections leaving his rival, Shartsi Kutesa to have a free run.