Rubanda District yesterday held its belated Women’s Day Celebration at Hamurwa Town Council.
The event however, quickly turned into a mega campaign rally as several politicians used it to launch their 2021 bids.
The campaigning was kicked off by the current district chairman, Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema announcing that in 2021 he will be standing for the Rubanda County East MP seat.
“Am ready to go to stand as MP,” he said.
“Those that have been thinking that I am coming back, I am not. I am not like my brother Stephen Kasyaba whom I beat twice in the elections.”
Next was Prossy Akampurira Begumisa, the Rubanda woman MP who asked the voters to give her a second chance in parliament.
The MP went as far as kneeling down together with her husband and asked the people of Rubanda to vote her again.
Leaders also utilized the event to defend the NRM decision to back president Yoweri Museveni’s sole candidature in the 2021 elections.
Lydia Wanyoto, the NRM Women’s League chairperson asked the people of Rubanda to support the NRM CEC and caucus resolution, noting that the party still believes Museveni is a visionary leader.
She also called on the residents of Rubanda to support their MPs Henry Musasizi and Prossy Akampurira to come back to parliament.
She said Hon Musasizi, who is the chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament is a resourceful person that the entire country needs.
Commissioner of Parliament Robina Nabanja, who was the chief guest, advised the two legislators Henry Musasizi and Prossy Akampurira to shake off their political rivals by “getting them other jobs in Kampala.”
Nabanja told the MPs that only one person can occupy one seat, adding that the strong contenders need to be settled somewhere else.
“Musasizi you need to manage your house. This LC5 chairman here wants your seat, because he is scared of that young man Kasyaba. Get a job for Kasyaba so that the chairman doesn’t have stand against you,” she advised.
On his part however, Hon Musasizi said he was not happy with the idea of early campaigning.
He said all leaders need to wait until August 2020 when the official campaigning season starts.
“Your goal now should be to help the people to work and get out of poverty. When time comes for elections we will all come back here and ask for the voters’ mandate,” he said.