Museveni Summons Luweero Woman MP Aspirants to State House

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During the meeting, President Yoweri Museveni thanked the aspirants for showing interest to contest on the NRM ticket. He however, said it was impossible to conduct primary elections to select a candidate because of the nominations, which are scheduled for Monday May 5th.

President Yoweri Museveni has summoned all NRM aspirants eying the Luweero District woman MP seat to persuade them to step down for Rebecca Nalwanga, the official party candidate. Nalwanga is facing competition from other NRM aspirants including Lillian Nakate, Elizabeth Lugudde, Ritah Mugalu, and Patricia Magala who are threatening to contest as independents.
 
They accuse the party secretariat of hand picking Nalwanga to contest in the district woman MP by-election yet she is unpopular. On Tuesday, more 2000 NRM members in the district convened at Diocese Pastoral Center to resolve the stalemate. During the meeting, President Yoweri Museveni thanked the aspirants for showing interest to contest on the NRM ticket. He however, said it was impossible to conduct primary elections to select a candidate because of the nominations, which are scheduled for Monday May 5th. 

Museveni asked the aspirants to be patient until the party primaries are conducted in 2015 and invited them for dialogue at state house Entebbe this evening. Abdul Nadduli, the Central Region NRM Chairperson says the aspirants agreed to pull out during a meeting with Richard Tadwonga, the Minister for general duties once they are deployed to serve elsewhere. He also noted that since the aspirants had already spent money in informal campaigns he believes President Yoweri Museveni will ensure  they are compensated as they pullout.

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Despite accepting to meet the president, the aspirants are undecided on whether or not to give way to Nalwanga. Patricia Magala and Elizabeth Lugudde say they are ready to meet Museveni since they can’t disobey their party chair. They however, declined to comment on whether or not they will out pull out of the polls in favor of Nalwanga saying they first need to meet the president.

But Lillian Nakate says she is ready to ensure the president about her potential and unwillingness to pullout of the race.
 
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The opposition has decided to frontBrenda Nabukenya as a joint candidate for the 22nd may by-election.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.