Busongora South Parliamentary Candidate Withdraws from Race

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Festo Kajura, the Busongora south Candidate, has pulled out of the parliamentary race for the Busongora South Constituency, one of the highly contested constituencies in Kasese district. Kajura, who has been contesting as an NRM independent leaning candidate, announced his withdrawal on Wednesday. He claims his decision was based on President Museveni's plea, asking him to step down in favor of the NRM candidate Boaz Kafuda. The ruling National Resistance Movement party, has since 2009 been plotting to unseat FDC's Christopher Kibanzanga, who has until recently held strongly onto the parliamentary reigns for this constituency. Kibanzanga is however this time contesting for the Kasese district LC V Seat. Party politics aside, the cultural factor remains a strong determining factor for the voter's choice. The voters seem bent on choosing a leader that will advance the quest for cultural recognition of the ethnic groups there. On August 30, 2009, while attending the 25th anniversary celebrations of South Rwenzori Diocese at Kamaiba in Kasese town, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to recognize the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu, a cultural institution that government had until then refused to acknowledge in spite of the demands of Kasese residents. On October 19th 2009, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere was coronated ushering in a new wave of loyality, which the NRM believes could work on its side to take over the parliamentary seat from the opposition. Kajura's withdrawal from the race leaves four, the number of candidates contesting for the Busongora south Parliamentary race. They are NRM's Boaz Kafuda, FDC's Jackson Mbaju DP's Robert Lukumbuka and Siwako Constant standing as an Independent. Ahmed Nadduli Musisi, the District Registra however says that he has not been notified about Kajura's withdrawal. Meanwhile, Siwako Constant, the independent candidate has described Kajura's withdrawal as an act of disgrace. He says that Kajura could have acted out of claims by party leaning candidates that independents no longer have a place in Parliament.