Two Withdraw From Bukanga Parliamentary Race

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Independent candidates Asiimwe Jackline Matovu and Jeremiah Kamurari Birungyi reportedly withdrew from the race yesterday (Thursday) following a meeting with the NRM vice chairperson Ali Hajji Moses Kigongo.

Two of the seven candidates nominated for the Bukanga county parliamentary seat have reportedly withdrawn from the race.

Independent candidates Asiimwe Jackline Matovu and Jeremiah Kamurari Birungyi reportedly withdrew from the race yesterday (Thursday) following a meeting with the NRM vice chairperson Ali Hajji Moses Kigongo.

Ali Hajji Kigongo   arrived in Isingiro District early this week to reconcile the warring factions within the NRM party.

One of the candidates, Jeremiah Kamurari confirms to Uganda Radio Network that he opted out of the race to validate his royalty to the NRM party. He is now rallying behind the NRM flag bearer Steven Kangwangye.

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URN could however not ascertain the position from Jackline Asiimwe Matovu’s camp since her supporters were claiming that she is still negotiating with NRM Secretariat but had not bowed out. She personally could not be reached to clarify the position.

The Isingiro district EC Returning Officer Robert Twikirize says he has not received any communication from either camp to confirm the withdrawal.

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If Dully confirmed, the move will strengthen the position of NRM candidate Steven Kangwangye whose main challenger Nathan Byanyima is contesting as an independent candidate.

Bad blood between the two candidates started when Nathan Byanyima won the NRM party primaries but Kangwagye accused him of vote rigging. NRM then organized a re-run which Nathan Byanyima shunned and opted to contest as an independent candidate.

The election will take place on Tuesday next week.

Five candidates are remaining in the race including DP’s Shafique Dembe, FDC’s Tito Turiyo, NRM’s Steven Kangwagye, independent candidates Nathan Byanyima, and Pastor Abel Tumusime .

The by-election follows the death of Gregory Matovu who represented the area in parliament for the last three years.