3 Candidates Quit Bukoto By-election Race, Pledge To Support Nsambu

see geneva;”>As the campaigns heat up, check Yusuf Masengere Lubega has left JEEMA Party and crossed to NRM while Robert Rutaro, the National Secretary General of NRM Youth League, who was also Makerere University Guild President in 2008, stepped down from the candidacy.

Another candidate Joseph Ssabayiki who had stood as an NRM-leaning independent also stepped down.

Bukoto South by-elections have attracted seven candidates including NRMs Alintuma Nsambu, Mathias Nsubuga (DP) , Joseph Ssabayiki (Independent), Julius Ssentamu (FDC), Dan Katula (Independent), Robert Rutalo (Independent), and Yusuf Masengere (Independent).

The lead contenders are Nsambu and Nsubuga.

Earlier, Nsubuga had an edge over a divided NRM.

The recent development could significantly impact on the outcome of elections due July 12 in Lwengo district.

Intelligence reports had earlier indicated that Museveni was holding several meetings with his political strategists to give Nsubuga a bloody nose.


Museveni was reportedly incensed by Buganda Kingdom officials’ smear campaign against Nsambu.

As we write this, police have summoned Buganda-owned radio station CBS presenter Meddie Nsereko and Betty Nambooze for urging voters in Bukoto not to vote Nsambu because “he disrespects Kabaka Ronald Mutebi.”

Bukoto South MP seat fell vacant after Muyanja Mbabaali was thrown out of Parliament.

Meanwhile, the President commended the group for their decision at a meeting held on Thursday in State House, Entebbe.

They pledged their support to Nsambu and said they made their decision for the good of unity and development for the district and for the NRM Party.

Museveni welcomed their decision to stand down and said that Parliament is where important policies are put into laws adding that if wrong people, such as Matthias Mpuuga (MP for Masaka Municipality) are elected, they end up opposing development.

“It is important that an NRM candidate is elected in order to ensure that government development policies are supported in Parliament,” he said.

On the issue of abuse of the Kabaka by some candidates, the President said that Mengo should have reported Alintuma Nsambu to him because in the past, he was able to caution former NRM senior leader, Sserwanga Lwanga, to stop opposing the restoration of the Kabakaship.

“We are not looking at Nsambu as a person but the NRM as a party,” he emphasized.

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