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NRM members stand as independents

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th November 2010 03:00 AM

MANY National Resistance Movement members have defied their party and sought nomination as independent parliamentary candidates.

MANY National Resistance Movement members have defied their party and sought nomination as independent parliamentary candidates.

By Barbara Among

MANY National Resistance Movement members have defied their party and sought nomination as independent parliamentary candidates.

The independent candidates nominated yesterday included ministers Jennifer Namuyangu and Dr. James Nsaba Buturo.

Most of the ministers standing as NRM flag-bearers will have to tussle it out with the independents.

The NRM scrapped the electoral colleges in selecting candidates to avoid the problem of members resorting to standing as independent candidates. But the problem has not been eliminated.

Namuyangu was nominated as an independent candidate for Kibuuku, while Buturo is standing as independent candidate in the Bufumbira East.

According to a New Vision survey, a big number of candidates nominated as independents yesterday belong to the NRM, most of whom lost the primaries.

Most ministers nominated as NRM flag-bearer will face independent candidates.

In Bunyangabo, local government minister Adolf Mwesige will face an independent, James Ategeka.

Gender minister Gabriel Opio nominated for Samia Bugwe South is facing independents Idi Ouma and Julius Maganda.

Serapio Rukundo faces Andrew Baryanyanga an independent in Kabale municipality.

Housing state minister Michael Werikhe is also being challenged by independents Yaya Gudoyi and Richard Masaba.

State minister for labour Emmanuel Otaala, who is contesting in West Budama South, will face Jacob Oboth, whom he defeated in the primaries.

Government Chief Whip Daudi Migereko in Butembe is facing four independents, Hanington Basakana, Kenneth Muwanika, Mathias Ngobi and John Banalya.

Other ministers being challenged by independent candidates include Hope Mwesigye (Agriculture) and Kabakumba Masiko (Information and National Guidance).

Former minister and NRM stalwart Tom Butime is also to contest as an independent after the party cancelled his election as flag-bearer.

Other MPs nominated as independents yesterday included Ruth Tuma for Jinja Woman MP, Mary Margaret Nalugo Ssekiziyivu for Mukono South and Margaret Muhanga in Kabarole.

The Tororo Municipality MP, Sanjay Tanna, is also standing as an independent, as is Busia Woman MP Rose Munyira in Samia Bugwe North.

In the Bundibugyo Woman MP race, Jane Alisemera, the incumbent Woman MP and Jennifer Mujungu were nominated as independents.

At least seven independents had been nominated by close of nominations in Kampala yesterday. They include Lwanga Isaac, (Rubaga North), Musa Bwanika (Makindye East), Judith Matovu (Kampala), Daniel Muwonge (Nakawa), Eliajah Jjemba (Kawempe South), Nsubuga Kijjambu, ( Kawempe South) and Allen Kisege ( Rubaga North).

Jinja district has also a significant number of independents.

In Kyenjojo district, independents include the Woman MP Joyce Babiha.

In Rukungiri, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi will face Charles Rwomushana (independent) for the Rujumbura seat.

Speaking yesterday shortly after his nomination in Kanungu, Mbabazi said the party would try to discourage independent candidates from contesting.

“We shall join hands to make sure independents step down for the good of our party. Otherwise, it may divide our strength in some areas,” he said.

Notable opposition independent candidates include MP Suzan Nakawuki, who was nominated for Masaka municipality against John Baptist Kawanga (DP).

Justo Olema was nominated as an independent for Bujenje county after failing to agree with the FDC party officials.

Educationist John Chrizestom Muyingo was nominated to contest for the Bamunanika parliamentary seat in Luwero district as an independent.

Tororo Woman MP Jacinta Ayo too will run as an independent.

NRM members stand as independents

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