NRM’s selection of Rebecca Nalwanga to be the party flag bearer in the by-election for Luweero Woman MP has angered other aspirants within the party.
Nalwanga, a losing candidate in a previous by-election won by Brenda Nabukenya, was picked by the Luweero district NRM executive, ahead of Lillian Nakate and Ritah Mugalu, who had expressed interest in the seat. The seat fell vacant following a March 27 Court of Appeal ruling that nullified Nabukenya’s election.
Luweero NRM Spokesman Sebina Sekitoleko announced the choice of Nalwanga at a recent news conference. Sebina cited NRM guidelines, which
provide that a candidate retains the ticket for five years, if she or he is not convicted of any criminal offence. Sebina asked Nakate and Mugalu to support Nalwanga, who was the party’s flag bearer in the 2011 election.
She won then, but her victory was successfully challenged in the High court by Dr Elizabeth Lugudde. In the subsequent by-election, Nalwanga lost to Nabukenya by 30 votes. The choice of Nalwanga rules out any possibility of NRM primaries ahead of the by-election.
Nakate insists she holds the future for the people of Luweero. She claims Nalwanga lost the previous by-election because the electorate was fed up with her.
Nalwanga and Mugalu said they were considering standing as independents, to battle Nalwanga and Nabukenya. The Electoral Commission is yet to gazette a date for nominations.
Source : The Observer