Dixon Kagurusi Ampumuza, one of the contestants in the NRM primary elections for the Kinkiizi West Parliamentary seat in Kanungu District has withdrawn from the race.
He says he decided to pull out of the NRM primary election because he does not believe in the party mode of election which requires voters to line up behind their candidates or their agents.
Kagurusi, who contested in 2016 for the same seat and lost, says he consulted his campaign team and it was agreed that the mode of voting was not favourable to them and therefore he should contest as an Independent in next year’s election.
The announcement was received in Kinkizi West with mixed reactions with some people saying he was intimidated by the competition in the party primaries.
However, when contacted, Kagurusi said, “My withdrawal is tactical to defeat the incumbent who will be exposed through NRM primaries since he doesn’t believe in NRM ideology nor is he independent minded. He is just a commercial politician controlled by Kanungu Mafias.”
Kinkizi West Constituency is currently represented by Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka who is seeking re-election for the second term having succeeded former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi in 2016.
Others who were duly nominated are Julius Mbabazi, Gregory Mugabe, Vanansio Mujuni Monday and Adon Kahinda.
The winner of the NRM primaries will face Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) nominated candidate Brian Atuheire Batenda.