The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] flag-bearer in the race for the Kyadondo East Constituency seat, Sitenda Sebalu, has been nominated by the Electoral Commission.
Sebalu will be running against Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] candidate, Apollo Kantinti, and Independent singer Robert Kyangulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Sebalu who lost the 2016 Kyadondo East Constituency polls by only 14 votes is now optimistic of winning the seat in the June 26 by-election with a big margin.
This follows the positive outcomes from a consultative meeting held in the constituency this Monday that saw the two rivaling factions accepting to work in harmony.
SG Justine Kasule Lumumba presided over the meeting which many said was necessary and timely.
Also in attendance was the National Treasurer Hon Rose Namayanja and the Director of Finance and Administration Dr. Hassan Wasswa Galiwango.
Avoid old mistakes
During the 2016 polls, three NRM leaning independents contested, an act that denied the NRM flag bearer a win.
Majority of the NRM district leadership backed Stella Njuba who collected about 4000 votes.
Stella is a daughter to NRM historical member M/s Gertrude Njuba.
Sebalu had over 10,000 votes but narrowly lost the race to FDC’s Kantiti.
In the meeting, SG Lumumba spoke at length about the dangers of creating cliques that split the party warning that this shouldn’t happen again.
After listening to the Secretary General, Hajji Sulaiman Walusimbi alias ‘Kakanzu’ who commanded Njuba’s camp confessed fighting Sebalu in the previous elections and denying him a win.
He however accepted to throw his weight behind him this time.
He also pledged to go back and mobilise his camp to support the flag bearer during these by-elections.
Reacting to some of the concerns raised, Sebalu apologised for any short comings.
The NRM District chairperson Hajji Abdu Kiyimba too apologised to angered members before calling out Sebalu to go down on knees together.
Sebalu outlined a number of achievements registered during his tenure which included connecting piped water to most parts of the constituency among others.
Tough talk by secretary general
The tough speaking SG flagged off her address with a warning to members to avoid unnecessary excitement but instead live to their words until the voting day.
She said the clapping and cheers characterising her address was uncalled for until her party gets a win on June 26.
Lumumba urged members to stand up and resist any intimidation or harassment from opposition members in situations where the security agencies fail to take timely actions.
The Party National Treasurer Hon Rose Namayanja Nsereko who resides in the same constituency pledged support towards this highly needed victory.
Namayanja’s presence was missed in the 2016 polls following an accident that left her right upper leg fractured.
Though still nursing some pain, Namayanja promised to offer any form of manageable support within her reach.
The new polling date, according to EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugyenyi, is June 29, 2017.