Bitter Bakaluba Plans to Bounce Back as Independent

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Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, the Former Mukono North Member of parliament is not a happy man, as His political twilight quickly wanes into darkness. In May Bakaluba earlier seen as the NRM party's flag bearer for the Mukono North constituency suffered a humiliating defeat after Betty Nambooze, with support from Mengo beat him in a bye-election by 16,142 votes to 14,302 votes. While still trying to reel from his defeat, Bakaluba changed strategy. Having lost popularity in his constituency, Bakaluba decided to shift base to Mukono south, but Margaret Nalugo Ssekiziyivu, the incumbent Mukono district woman MP, once again dashed Bakaluba's hopes of being the NRM flag bearer. Now Bakaluba says that he is going to stand as an independent candidate in the 2011 parliamentary elections. He claims that he has lost faith in the party he once held loyalty to. He says that the NRM Primary elections were not free and fair and accused Janat Mukwaya, of decampaigning him in favor of his rival. Over the weekend, Bakaluba's supporters In Nakisunga sub-county, threatened to hand back their party cards in protest against the results in which Bakaluba emerged the looser. Bakaluba told his supporters that he has decided to contest as an independent candidate and is ready to pick the nomination forms. He however appealed to his supporters to keep the NRM party cards. Mukono district could field more independent candidates, as losers contemplate the next step. Med Kagiri, the Nakisunga Sub-County NRM chairman says he has received several complaints from party members protesting against the results. The other party members threatening to return, as independents are Francis Lukooya Mukoome, who lost is bid to Sooka Makanga Munoonye, Lydia Mubiru Nalwanga who lost to Peace Kusasira on Mukono district women MP, and Joseph Mugambe Kif'omusana who lost to Eng. Kafeero Ssekitooleko for the Nakifuma county seat.


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