Saturday, January 19, 2013


The reading on the wall is now clear, the biggest hurdle was whether Florence Nebanda Andiruwould make it to become the NRM Party candidate for Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament. Now it is clear, Florence has to take the seat. The other contestants are simply wasting money. This is a matter of commonsense in Uganda today. Had it not been for the killing of Nebanda, she would possibly complete her term, at least it was no accident, and the people will definitely elect the most appropriate. It is absurd that we have party leaders who cannot see that! William Kituuka Kiwanuka NRM nominates six for Butaleja elections Publish Date: Jan 09, 2013 NRM nominates six for Butaleja elections Florence Andiru Nebanda, a sister to the late Butaleja district MP Cerinah Nebanda is among the six candidates nominated. PHOTO/Daniel Edyegu newvision By Henry Sekanjako & Shamim Saad Florence Andiru Nebanda, a sister to the late Butaleja district MP Cerinah Nebanda is among the six candidates nominated by National Resistance Movement (NRM) to contest in the NRM primary elections for Butaleja district woman member of Parliament. Andiru was on Tuesday nominated together with other candidates who include, Ida Hadoto Mukisa, Sarah Namusabi, Allen Wegulo, Mary Mboira and Betty Nesihwe. Speaking briefly after her nomination, the visibly happy Andiru said; it is public now, I have been nominated. I have come to develop Butaleja, to accomplish all the projects my sister Nebanda had started in Butaleja .I feel I am the only one that can fit in her shoes”. Andiru was accompanied by her Mother Alice Namulwa among other close relatives who came singing and dancing as they escorted her to the nomination room at NRM headquarters in Kyadondo. Some of her relatives were heard singing “Genda Mpola Nebanda, Genda Mpola Nebanda” while others were chanting NRM oyeeee flashing the NRM sign. However as other people were singing NRM oyeee, Nebanda’s mother Namulwa kept on saying Nebanda oyeee, Nebanda Oyeee. She appealed to the people of Butaleja to support the candidature of her daughter Florence Andiru as a way of accomplishing the projects her late daughter Nebanda had left uncompleted. “I ask all of you to put your trust in Andiru, we don’t expect her to lose,” said Namulwa. Asked why they had decided to bring Andiru on NRM ticket, Nebanda’s brother Richard Wandera said; “our family has always supported NRM, you don’t change parties like you are changing an under wear, we have children and one need to look at the future”. Among other candidates that spoke to journalists briefly after their nomination was Allen Wegulo who contested during the 2011 general elections and narrowly lost to the late Nebanda. She said; “I feel I have the qualities like those of the late Nebanda, she was a courageous woman and so I am. She fought for the people of Butaleja and I am ready to do the same, I have all their problems at my finger tip”. Other candidates pledged to lobby for infrastructural development such as roads, health, and education among other issues that affect the Butaleja community. According to NRM Electoral commission chairman, Professor Elijah Mushemeza, the successful candidate in the NRM primaries will be declared as the NRM flag bearer to contest with other candidates in the race for Butaleja district woman MP. “Joint campaigns begin on Thursday January 10 and will end on January 16, followed by the elections on January 18,” said Mushemeza. Mushemeza however warned all candidates against indiscipline and asked them to honor the results of the NRM primaries to avoid standing as independents. The elections to replace Butaleja district woman MP the late Cerinah Nebanda who died under unclear circumstances are expected to take place on February 18. Butaleja poll: Who will replace Nebanda? Friday, 04 January 2013 07:12 Written by Edward Ssekika EC sets February 11 as election date The police have vowed to crush any act of lawlessness in the by-election to replace the fallen Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament, Cerinah Nebanda, next month. The Electoral Commission has set February 11, 2013 as the date for the election. Eng Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairperson, told journalists at the Commission offices yesterday that the commission has also set January 21-22 as nomination dates. “During the by-election programme, no fundraising activities shall be allowed in Butaleja. This is to allow a level-ground for all the candidates and all those found contravening the law shall be dealt with accordingly,” Kiggundu warned. After nomination, candidates will be allowed to campaign for 18 days between January 24 and February 9. Kiggundu also warned candidates against using hateful language that he said could plunge the by-election into chaos. Butaleja district, according to the EC has 87,641 registered voters and 151 polling stations. An update of the voters’ register, will be conducted from January 5 - 9 to enable Ugandans of 18 years and above to register or transfer to new polling stations. Battleground The EC’s press briefing was unusually attended by the deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP), Okoth Ochola and the director of operations Uganda police, Grace Turyagumanawe. On their part, police sent a stern warning against those planning chaos in the by-election. Ochola said there would be ‘abnormal deployment’ in the district during the by-election period. “We can’t accept anarchy in Butaleja. In addition to normal deployment, we are going to beef up security. We shall have both overt and covert deployments,” Ochola stressed. In addition to deployments, Ochola said the police would conduct community policing to avert lawlessness in the by-election. Grace Turyagumanawe, also weighed in, explaining that police has information indicating that there is a group planning to ferry people from other districts to cause mayhem in Butaleja during the by-election. “Our deployment is intelligence-led; so, we can’t take chances. We know when, where and how to deploy, that is our mandate,” he said, although he could not specify which people are planning to ferry goons to Butaleja to cause mayhem. Party primaries Meanwhile, the NRM party has announced that it will soon conduct internal primary elections to select a candidate, to run in the by-election. “We are still drawing up the programme. But we shall definitely conduct our primaries before January 20,” Prof Elijah Mushemeza, the party’s electoral commission deputy chairperson, said yesterday. Dorothy Hyuha, NRM deputy secretary general, who was once Butaleja Woman MP, has not indicated whether she will contest for the seat again. Hyuha lost to Nebanda in the 2010 party primaries. Florence Andiru, Nebanda’s elder sister, has already indicated she will participate in the polls. The UPC and Uganda Federal Alliance have already indicated that they will not present a candidate to challenge Andiru. It is still unclear if FDC will also back her or select another candidate. “FDC had a candidate in the previous election [Suzan Baluka], but I’m not sure whether she will participate in the by-election. Definitely we shall participate, if we don’t field a candidate, as a party we shall back one of the candidates” party, spokesman Wafula Oguttu said. Posted by Good Governance Practice at 1:44 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook No comments:

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