The incumbent Mbale City Mayor Mutwalibi Mafabi Zandya has said he will contest as an independent in next year’s elections after being defeated in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party primaries.
Mafabi was defeated by Kassim Namugali who garnered 66 votes while the incumbent got 15 votes. Mugoya Siraji got 11 votes. The elections were held at Life Changers Church Mbale.
Following the defeat, Mafabi says that he will contest as an independent candidate for the Mbale mayoral seat, citing intrigue in the party.
Namugali hailed the FDC party members for entrusting him with the party flag.
The FDC members in the area have urged supporters of Mafabi and Namugali to resolve their differences and unite to defeat the National Resistance Movement- NRM party in the 2021 general elections.
Meanwhile, FDC on Monday reopened the nomination exercise for various positions after the creation of new constituencies.
The nominations end on August 18 and more candidates are expected to pick forms for various positions.