Kibirige Mayanja to Contest for Kampala Central legislative seat

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Kibirige Mayanja, the former JEEMA president, has today been nominated to stand for the Kampala Central parliamentary seat. Kibirige who stepped down for Medad Segona, former information Minister Buganda Kingdom in Busiro East legislative seat, today underwent hurdles before his nominations. His transfer comes under the Interparty Cooperation arrangement of fronting candidates in the various elective posts across the country. Since morning Kibirirge paced up and down City hall in haste to put his nomination papers in order. The Electoral Commission demanded for his original academic papers both O'level and A' level. Kibirige claims that he lost his papers during the Luweero triangle war. He had to seek clearance from the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB). UNEB then wrote a letter to the returning officer who then cleared Kibirirge for nominations. Kibirige also suffered problems with the transfers of voting areas from Kawempe to Busiro East and now to Kampala. Kibirge claims that the second transfer the Electoral Commission failed to issue him with another card. After a series of phone calls between City hall and the Electoral Commission headquarters Kibirige sailed through. //Cue in: I was initially registered... Cue out:...voter.// Medad Segona, rallied behind Kibirige terming his action as a good sacrifice the IPC agenda. He says it was a conscious and mature decision to relocate to Kampala. //Cue in: It was a conscious... Cue out: ...of the country.// But as it turns out, Kibirirge Mayanja may miss his vote come polling day in February next year. Kibirige's transfers will cost him his vote. He registered to vote in Busiro East while he is vying for the Kampala Central seat. The electoral Commission will not allow him transfer his voting area to Kampala. Kibirige Mayanja, contested for the presidency in 1996 and later in 2001 but lost on both occasions. Later in 2006 Kibirige tried again, but stepped down for FDC's Kizza Besigye. Kibirige Mayanja who studied in Uganda and later Britain now returns to seek votes for the Kampala Central, a seat left by Erias Lukwago, a mayoral candidate. He will face it off with Nsereko Muhhamad of NRM, Eddy Yawe of DP among other candidates nominated for the seat.


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