FDC, DP Back Kivumbi For Butambala By-elections

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The opposition Forum for Democratic Change and the Democratic Party has agreed to field Muwanga Kivumbi to stand as candidate in the coming Butambala by elections. FDC’s Moses Kasule is standing down for Kivumbi.

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change and the Democratic Party has agreed to field Muwanga Kivumbi to stand as candidate in the coming Butambala by elections.

FDC’s Moses Kasule is standing down for Kivumbi.

Kasule said they are fighting for the same cause which must be achieved by uprooting the NRM from Butambala.

FDC’s Moses Kasule also contested in the 2011 general elections and only managed to get 859 votes in the race that NRM’s Faisal Kikulukunyu won.

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He also denied allegations that he had been given 40 million shillings by the NRM to stay in the race and divide the votes.

Kivumbi said this marked the new beginning of politics in Uganda.

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Asuman Basalirwa, the President of JEEMA, said they are fully in support of the decision to front Kivumbi for the seat.

Betty Nambooze of the Democratic Party also revealed that the opposition leadership in Parliament has agreed to unite and field one candidate in both Butambala and Charles Okule in Usuk by-elections.

Nambooze says they are not trying to overtake their parties from Parliament but have come to realise that in order to enhance their numbers in Parliament, they have to work together.

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Ssemuju Nganda has been tasked to coordinate the opposition efforts in Butambala and Alice Alaso the FDC secretary general will coordinate the opposition in Usuk. Meanwhile John Ken Lukyamuzi has been asked to engage the Presidents of the various opposition parties to honour the resolution.

The opposition has also agreed to divide themselves in two groups and mobilise both human and financial resources. Nambooze also appealed to her party not to participate in any by election as a vote spoiler but join elections to win and where they cannot win they should join hands with the opposition to win.

Both Usuk and Butambala by elections shall be held on the 12th of September and Nambooze says they are going to ensure they cover both areas.

Nambooze made an appeal to the Electoral Commission to ask Police not to hijack the Butambala by- elections like the case was in Kasese by elections.

FDC President Dr. Kiiza Besigye says decision to field Kivumbi as one candidate is to deny NRM a chance to disorganise the people of Butambala bring an exit to the NRM regime. He also notes that there have been two schools of thoughts regarding opposition political parties from working together and those against the unity.

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There are six people who have so far picked nomination forms for the race. These include opposition’s Kivumbi, Faisal Kikulukunyu of National Resistance Movement, and Ibrahim Tomusange of Uganda Federal Alliance. Others are Faridah Nakiboneka and Sharif Ssentongo on independent tickets.

Nominations will be held on August 28 and 29.

Aisha Kabanda, a state house operative also plans to contest in the by-election despite the presence of NRM candidate Faisal Kikulukunyu, who recently got backing from President Yoweri Museveni.