By Kizito Musoke
SINCE the days of the Constituency Assembly in 1994, no legislator has ever represented Mityana South in Parliament for two consecutive terms.
During Constituency Assembly, it was represented by Prince Besweri Mulondo, who was succeeded by Arthur Bagunywa in 1996. In 2001, Augustine Nshimye Sebuturo represented the area until 2006 when he was defeated by CBS news presenter Jerome Ssozi Kaddumukasa after daring to seek re-election.
Kaddumukasa, therefore, has a reason to watch his back if he is to break the tradition of incumbents losing the Mityana South parliamentary elections.
Henry Kamya Makumbi, the Mityana Town Council mayor who recently sailed through unopposed as the NRM flag bearer for the constituency, is determined not lose the seat a second time. In 2001, Makumbi lost to Nshimye.
Makumbi is credited for developing Mityana Town Council through building modern permanent structures for the central market, reconstruction of roads and improving sanitation facilities.
Makumbi is also the founder and director of the locally famous Pride Secondary school, where more than 800 students, including Universal Secondary school students study. He is expected to give the incumbent a hard time in the 2011 elections.
Since the area has no infighting within NRM, Makumbi expects a block vote from party members.
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is likely to have divided votes. Kaddumukasa is a DP-leaning independent legislator. In the last elections he got votes from DP and FDC supporters. He again intends to stand as an independent candidate. However, he has recently come under pressure from DP supporters in the area to fully identify with them by standing as a DP candidate.
If he insists on standing as independent, they are threatening to front another candidate. That would mean splitting Kaddumukasaâ€™s support base.
His constituents accuse him of not being as local as expected during the five years he has been in Parliament. One time a Member of Parliament requested the speaker to order Kaddumukasa to first identify himself before other members, a custom normally done to new legislators.
Edward Sebbombo is another candidate in the race. He has a degree in Education and Public Administration. He is a commissioner in Buganda government under the ministry of tourism.
Sebbombo promises to use friends he has outside the country, to mobilise funds for the development of the constituency. Although he is standing as an independent, he is a Democratic Party sympathizer.
Will Kaddumukasa make a new record to become the first Member of Parliament to lead for two consecutive terms or history will repeat its self?