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Will court ruling deter Namuyangu’s quest for Kibuku seat?

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th February 2011 03:00 AM

IN Kibuku county of the newly-created Kibuku district, MP Saleh Kamba (NRM) has christened himself majegere, which means chain grader in Lugwere.

KIBUKU

By DANIEL EDYEGU

IN Kibuku county of the newly-created Kibuku district, MP Saleh Kamba (NRM) has christened himself majegere, which means chain grader in Lugwere.

The MP is proud of his name and says: “Like a caterpillar moves while doing construction work, majegere means I move community programmes with the help of the NRM party.”

In his election bid, Kamba is facing Jennifer Namuyangu, the Pallisa Woman MP and water state minister and Juliet Kafiire, the former DP vice-president,

However, in a district which is predominantly NRM, the race is likely to be mainly between Namuyangu and Kamba. Whereas Kamba won the August party primaries, Namuyangu claims the polls were rigged.

“The electorate went to the polls only to find their names were not on the register. I came out as an independent so the electorate could decide who will represent them,” she says.

The rivalry between the two NRM stalwarts stem from the creation of Kibuku district. Whereas Kamba advocated for the creation of the district, Namuyangu opposed it saying Kibuku County was better off under Pallisa.

However, the Government granted Kibuku district status in 2010.

Efforts by the party’s leaders to reconcile the rivals to streamline the party leadership in the district proved fruitless.

Lately, the rift has taken a new twist with the different camps taking on new names. Whereas Namuyangu’s camp has been called batagalali (dilute NRM), Kamba’s camp is called baumbe (concentrated NRM).

Namuyangu an NRM MP, who was nominated as an independent, is at a risk of being disqualified from the race or having her possible election nullified after the constitutional court ruled that it is unlawful for an NRM MP to run as an independent without resigning from Parliament.

Will court ruling deter Namuyangu’s quest for Kibuku seat?

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