Nominations for the Uganda Parliamentary candidates ahead of next year’s elections has come to an end. The two-day exercise conducted was for 353 constituencies around the country.
However, there were mixed reactions amongst the members of the ruling NRM Party after the Mawogola North constituency failed to field a flag bearer due to unresolved issues which prompted the two rivals Aine Sodo Kaguta a brother to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and Shartsi Kutesa Musherure, the daughter of foreign affairs Minister Sam Kutesa to contest as independent candidates.
The Director of the NRM Secretariat Emmanuel Dombo says that the primaries in Mawogola North were carried out a few days before the nominations and there wasn’t enough time for the elections disputes tribunal to seat and resolve the issue.
‘We would rather have an independent who is NRM leaning than having no contestant or flag bearer at all’
In other parts of the country, Day 2 was not any different from Day 1 of the parliamentary nominations in Uganda as tear gas and stones rocked various parts of the country.
FDC’s Hon. Bernard Mugwanya was arrested by police after he joined a crowd of his supporters on the streets of Kawempe upon his return from nomination which prompted the police to fire tear gas to disperse them and carried out arrests.
In Mityana District, NRM candidates also teamed up together to go for nomination as a team just like how the National Unity Platform candidates did yesterday. After the nomination, they also went to the streets to meet their supporters but this time police did not stop them as was the case with the opposition yesterday.
In Iganga District, NRM’s Peter Mugema alias Panadol who is contesting as an independent also faced the wrath of tear gas as he joined his supporters after nominations. He was arrested and driven to his home by the police.
Unless the Electoral Commission finds it necessary, the two-day event has come to an end. The next exercise is the Presidential nominations which are due next month at Kololo Independence Grounds.