National
Kasese by-election: FDC wants DP to pull out
Publish Date: Jul 30, 2012
Kasese by-election: FDC wants DP to pull out
The by-elections features FDCS Winnie Kiiza
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Bernard Masereka

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has started negotiations with Democratic Party (DP) to persuade DP candidate, Rosemary Masika to withdraw from the Kasese woman MP by-elections.

DP vice president, Imam Makumbi told the New Vision in Kasese town that FDC party officials had approached and asked him to convince the DP party candidate to drop out of the race.

“I have been approached by Sam Mwijukye, the aide to Dr. Kiiza Besigye to agree on a candidate as members of the opposition but we are not willing to do so,” Makumbi said.

“Our candidate is strong and DP as a pioneer party in Uganda cannot accept to step aside for FDC which I consider a product of DP,” Makumbi added.

He said DP pulled out of the Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality in favour of FDC candidate, Oddo Tayebwa and so FDC should return the favour this time.

 DP is eyeing leadership of the opposition in Parliament in the 2016 general elections by increasing its support at the grassroot levels now.

The party wants to use the Kasese woman MP by-elections to establish itself on the ground.

Makumbi dismissed earlier media reports by the party secretary, Mathias Nsubuga that DP had resolved to pull out of the Kasese race and support the FDC candidate, Winnie Kiiza.

He however revealed that some meetings among leaders of the two parties were being planned so as to reach a harmonized position on the matter.

The Kasese district DP boss, Deus Mutabazi had earlier told New Vision that he was not consulted about choosing a candidate for the DP party in the by-elections.

Mutabazi has not even been seen campaigning for the party candidate since Monday when open campaigns started in Kasese district.

While addressing rallies at Bugoye and Maliba trading centres in Busongora north constituency Masika asked the locals of Kasese to vote for her, promising to promote unite and fight corruption.

“I want to ask the people of Kasese to vote for me as a symbol of unity.”

“Since FDC and NRM supporters have been at war all the time, we can only consolidate the unity of the people of Kasese if we don't vote any of their candidates,” Masika remarked.

The battle for the Kasese woman MP seat is seen as a battle between Winnie Kiiza(FDC) and Rehema Muhindo(NRM).

The independent candidate Betty Kayezu is rumoured to have pulled out of the race in favour of the NRM candidate.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Army tracks Ugandan rebels after DR Congo massacre
The Congolese army on Wednesday searched for suspected Ugandan rebels in villages in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the massacre of around 100 people last week, the UN said....
Museveni, Uhuru top African influential Presidents list
President Yoweri Museveni has been named among the four most influential Presidents on the African continent who feature on the list of the most influential persons on the continent....
PM hails Uganda’s relations with France, Germany
The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, has applauded the level of trust, co-operation and brotherhood that exist between France, Germany and Uganda....
Reduce fertility rate to boost economic development – experts
The government should put in place effective measures to reduce the runaway fertility rate if it is to reap the benefits of demographic dividend, population experts have warned....
KCCA urged on reforms to protect women and children
Women activists are demanding reforms in the KCCA enforcement policy to ensure the safety of Ugandans – especially women and children – in public spaces....
Uganda, Saudi ties shaky after maid abuse video
A video of a Ugandan maid abusing a child that was uploaded by a diplomat from the Saudi Embassy in Uganda has gone viral....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter