Joint campaigns for the National Resistance Movement- NRM party contenders for Bunyangabu district have kicked off. The NRM primary elections are scheduled for August 21, while the main elections will take place a month later on September 21.
Bunyangabu is among five new districts that began operations in July. It was curved out of Kabarole district.
The candidates for district Woman Member of Parliament include Peace Mutuzo, the State Minister for Gender and Rose Mary Byabasaija, the former Kabarole deputy resident district commissioner. For district chairperson's seat, the contestants are Peter Musinguzi, the interim chairperson and James Ategeka Mugarama.
At the launch of the campaigns on Tuesday at the NRM party offices in Kibiito town council, each of the four candidates hoped to emerge winners. The contestants moved in a procession led by several boda boda cyclists and a fleet of cars.
Ategeka wants his rival Musinguzi to stand down for him so that he is fronted as the single party candidate. He says that if he is endorsed by NRM party members, he will lobby for the construction of the district headquarters and to focus on job creation for youth and women in the area.
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Musinguzi promises to improve delivery of health services by advocating for the welfare of health workers and construction of more health facilities. He also promised to improve the poor road network to enable residents access markets for their produce.
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Mutuzo promised to lobby for the empowerment of women if she is endorsed by the ruling party to contest. Mutuzo says that she has the right qualities since she is already serving in government.
Patrick Kamulindwa, the Bunyangabu District NRM registrar, urged the contestants to hold joint campaigns as stipulated in the party's guidelines. He says that candidates who fail to comply with the rules of the party risk being disqualified from the race and punished before the party's disciplinary committee.
The NRM primary elections are scheduled for August 21, while the main elections will take place a month later on September 21.
Last week, NRM leaders led by party Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi met with Electoral Commission Chairman Simon Byabakama and adjusted the election date in order to enable the party complete all due processes before candidates seek nomination.