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The Split of Nakawa; A Blessing to Bobi Wine’s NUP?

The recent decision by Parliament to split Nakawa into two constituencies (Nakawa East and Nakawa West) has ended the rivalry between National Unity Platform (NUP) party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi and Nakawa Division Mayor Ronald Nsubuga Balimwezo who is also an NUP member.

The NUP leader and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu recently called on all party members not to stand against one another on the same post at all levels in the 2021 general elections.

In order to strengthen the party structures and perhaps have the majority in Parliament, Bobi Wine said NUP would line up a single candidate at every elective position.

However, Ssenyonyi and Balimwezo have both been vying for the Nakawa Division parliamentary seat.

Tensions have been high among party members and leaders on what would happen should the two fail to reach a consensus.

Bobi Wine himself had not come out straight to endorse either contestant for this seat.

However, the decision by Parliament to split Nakawa into two has come as a blessing to NUP as it was agreed that Ssenyonyi goes to stand in Nakawa West and Balimwezo for Nakawa East.

“Today, Nakawa Mayor Ronald Nsubuga Balimwezo and I declare that the results of several discussions we have had, given that we are both NUP members who were vying for the same seat. He (Balimwezo) will run for Nakawa East MP and I will run for Nakawa West MP,” said Ssenyonyi on Sunday.

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