A section of the opposition politicians that supported Jeema’s Asumani Basalirwa in the Bugiri Municipality elections has announced that they are heading to Arua Municipality to support the candidature of Kasiano Wadri.
Wadri, a member of the FDC, opted to stand as an independent when his party fielded another candidate Bruce Musema.
Among those going against his party is FDC’s deputy spokesperson and MP, Jinja East Paul Mwiru.
Mwiru announced his support for the independent candidate Kassiano Wadri provoking the ire of FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Amuriat has since warned party members that are not in support of their flag bearer to choose between the party and their personal interests.
Daily Monitor reports that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is scared of losing the Arua Municipality seat, in next week’s by-elections, due to internal disputes.
The party’s Electoral Commission chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi, told the newspaper that while the party supports Nusura Tiperu as its flag bearer, there are two NRM-leaning independent candidates who could divide the party’s support.
The two independents are Robert Ejiku and Jackson Atima.
He said that former Terego County MP, Mr Kassiano Wadri who is contesting as an independent candidate is a big threat to NRM.
“The Forum for Democratic Change candidate [Bruce Musema] is not a serious threat but Kassiano Wadri is a big threat to the NRM,” Tanga told Monitor.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Ibrahim Abiriga. Abiriga was shot dead together with his brother Saidi Kongo in June by men riding on a motorcycle as he approached his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.