NO STRINGS ATTACHED: Independent political candidates dominate Kanungu’s MP nomination

NO STRINGS ATTACHED: Independent political candidates dominate Kanungu's MP nomination
Kansiime Honest Fortunate an independent candidate for Kanungu District Woman Parliamentary Seat receiving her nomination papers

KANUNGU- Several Independent candidates were today duly nominated by Kanungu Electoral Commission Registrar Ferdinand Mulekezi, with the 2 constituencies and the District Woman Parliamentary seat all attracting independent candidates on day one of the nomination.

According to the Electoral Commission Registrar for Kanungu District Ferdinand Mulekezi, the nomination exercise kicked off at 9:30 am with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Arans Mark Tabaruka being the first person to be duly nominated for Kinkizi East Constituency.

Other duly nominated candidates to contest in Kinkizi East in today’s exercise include the incumbent Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi who is the NRM flag bearer who also doubles as Central Executive Committe (CEC) Member and Minister of State for Housing, and Deus Nkwasibwe (Omusisa) who lost in the NRM primaries last month who was also nominated as an Independent.

In Kinkizi West the incumbent Hon James Kaberuka Ruggi was duly nominated as NRM flag bearer and others nominated include Brian Atuheire Batenda who is the FDC flag bearer, Gregory Mugabe who lost to Hon Kaberuka in the NRM primaries and Ivan Rwakabogo Abarihamwe who is contesting as an independent.

Kinkizi West MP Hon James Kaberuka is being congratulated by Kanungu District Electoral Commission Registrar Ferdinand Mulekezi after his nomination

In the District Woman Parliamentary Seat, Kinshaba Patience Nkunda , the NRM flag bearer was duly nominated and others included Kansiime Honest Fortunate, and Murakatete Shantal both who were  nominated as independent candidate and Mackline Mbaasa Asiimwe who was nominated as FDC flag bearer.

Speaking after being nominated, Tabaruka a former journalist, said that Ugandans have been taken for granted and their power was taken away by successive regime and the aim by Forum for Democratic Change is out to take power and bring hope back to the people.

“We are here to reclaim people’s rights  and we are appealing to the governmemt to level the playing field” Tabaruka said.

Kinkizi West Member of Parliament Hon James Kaberuka who is contesting for the second term said that he has been able to do a lot in the last 5 years and and everything is there for voters to see and vote him back.

Gregory Mugabe who is the Chairman of Kayonza Growers Tea Factory in Kanungu District said that he is out to fight poverty and improve education standards in Kinkizi West and Kanungu at large.

The Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Brian Atuheire Batenda said that there is need to overhaul the entire current NRM leadership so that the new wave of change can bring new development in the country. 

For Ivan Rwakabogo who is also an Independent in Kinkizi West said that there is nothing parties will help apart from tearing each other as voters suffer and therefore the best is to vote him who is independent.

The Minister of State for Housing Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi assured the voters in Kinkizi East that there is no need to vote new leaders in his constituency since he is already the NRM flag bearer saying that such a move will distort development in the area.

Dr Chris Baryomunsi and Kinshaba Patience Nkunda both NRM flag bearers share notes after nomination

However his challenger Deus Nkwasibwe said that his victory in NRM primary elections where he came second to Baryomunsi was stolen but this time the voters will make an independent decision.

Another independent candidate Deus Nkwasibwe was also nominated

For the women candidates, Kinshaba Patience Nkunda who is the NRM flag bearer said that she has come to foster NRM development in Kanungu District because the past leaders have not been able.

Kansiime Honest Fortunate who is an Independent said that she will use her experience in supporting the girl child welfare to ensure that Kanungu Women share equitably on the national cake.

For Mackline Mbaasa Asiimwe, her nomination was first delayed due to a technical issue in her academic papers but when she was later nominated she said that the FDC has an block objective to liberate Uganda.

Incumbent Kanungu District Woman MP Hon Elizabeth Karungi said that she was cheated in the party primaries when underage voters were allowed to vote but this time the people of Kanungu will make a right choice.

The new entrant on the District Woman Parliamentary Seat Murakatete Shantal said that she is the voters choice and after realising that the rest have failed to deliver they asked her to come and redeem them.

The Electoral Commission Registrar Ferdinand Mulekezi said that the day one nomination exercise was very orderly and peaceful because all the candidates followed the Electoral Commission’s set guidelines.