Kamya election as NRM flag bearer illegal- UFA party

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Beti Kamya and NRM Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa in Kyankwanzi

Uganda Federation Alliance [UFA] has petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission on the candidature of Beti Olive Kamya who remains the President of the opposition party.

Through their lawyers Bumpenje & Co. Advocates, UFA spokesperson Baker Ssenyonga and Chairperson Isma Makumbi notified the commission headed by Dr Tanga Odoi that Kamya’s action was in contravention of the Political Parties and Organisation Act.

In a letter dated August 28, 2020, the two principals sought to stop Kamya from running under the NRM flag, saying she was still an Accounting Officer of UFA which is an active political party.

Illegal NRM victory

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Kamya still went ahead and illegally contested for NRM Rubaga North constituency NRM flag in Kampala district despite the fact that she is not even a resident of Rubaga North but of Rubaga South Constituency [at Nattete Mackay Zone].

The Minister of Lands was then declared the ruling National Resistance Movement-party candidate after winning party primaries held on September 4 after defeating her close rival Brian Tindyebwa.

Kamya got 6,839 votes representing 90 percent against Tindyebwa’s 671 votes while Dr Isaac Lwanga got only four votes.

Kamya in Rubaga

She will be contesting with Kasibante Moses, the incumbent MP and Abubaker Kawalya who recently crossed to the National Unity Platform from the FDC.

Kamya was Lubaga North MP between 2005 to 2010 before she contested for President on the Uganda Federal Alliance ticket.

Still member of UFA

In a letter dated November 13, 2017, Sebunya Richard, serving as the Secretary General of UFA, wrote to then Electoral Commission Secretary, Sam Rwakoojo, requesting two months to convene a delegates conference.

The delegates conference which is expected to elect a new party president never took place.

In March 2019, UFA leadership announced the replacement of Beti Kamya as the party president with immediate effect.

This followed a July 2016 move in which President Museveni named Kamya as the Minister in charge of Kampala to serve in the NRM government.

She has since become a strong defender of Museveni and a critic of those who oppose him.

UFA spokesperson, Baker Byayi Ssenyonga, told media that after consulting the National Executive Committee, Central Executive Committee and district leaderships for the party, it was agreed to have Kamya booted as their president because she is representing divergent views from those of the party.

The party announced their national mobiliser, Francis Nsibirwa, as the new president.

They were then supposed to hold a national delegates conference to elect other party leaders but it never happened.

Ever since, Kamya has never verbally nor through written communication declared leaving her presidency position.

In a letter dated September 8, EC writes back UFA lawyers Ms Bumpenje & Co. Advocates in acknowledgment of their petition dated September 2.

The lawyers told EC that UFA last held its delegates conference between September 23rd and 24th 2010 which elected Kamya as the president general.

The party has never held the delegates conference on the change of leadership which means Beti Kamya is still the president of UFA since she never officially handed over.

“In the premises, we pray that the election of Hon Betty Olive Namisango Kamya as NRM party flag bearer for Rubaga North Constituency Kampala District be nullified and Hon Tindyebwa Brian Kusingura instead be declared as the NRM flag bearer forthwith,” the lawyers wrote.

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