Over the weekend, members of opposition sides; People Power, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), People’s Government, and the newly created Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) combined efforts to campaign for Asinasi Nyakato Kamanda, who holds the FDC ticket for the Hoima District woman MP by-election.
The Hoima district woman MP seat fell vacant former MP Tophace Kaahwa Byagira (NRM) chose to represent the newly created Kikuube District that was carved out of Hoima in July 2018.
Two candidates have so far been nominated; Nyakato representing an opposition coalition and Harriet Businge Mugenyi of the National Resistance Movement-NRM Party.
Opposition leaders spent the weekend combing for support for Nyakato, among them including; Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, FDC President Patrick Amuriat, ANT’s Mugisha Muntu as well as opposition leader Kizza Besigye.
“Hoima by-election campaign has united all pro-liberation leaders &forces in support of FDC Candidate Ms. Asinasi Nyakato. Her only challenger is the NRM (Junta) Candidate. Thank you Bobi Wine, Mugisha Muntu, Erias Lukwago,” Besigye said after the campaigns
“Thanks, Hoima for the promise of a new Uganda! Till very late, Hoima people were very charged. Keep it up. No turning back,” he added.
“Today, the United Forces of Change met in Kigorobya Sub-County, Hoima District to rally support for Asinasi Nyakato Kamanda who is running for Hoima District Woman MP. Together with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Gen. Mugisha Muntu and the respective leaders from FDC, ANT and #PeoplePower, we made a call to the people of Bunyoro to come together and finish the task of liberating our country. We are very energized by the people of Bunyoro,” Bobi Wine adjoined.
“The writing is on the wall that they are ready for change. May our coming together in these elections and other activities energize all of us to believe that united, we shall bring the despot down,” he added.
Hoima by-election campaign has united all pro-liberation leaders &forces in support of FDC Candidate Ms Asinasi Nyakato. Her only challenger is the NRM (Junta) Candidate.
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) September 14, 2019
While the opposition coalition scores marks in Hoima, the FDC party candidate in Kaabong Woman MP race has withdrawn from the race, leaving the NRM candidate unopposed.
According to the Daily Monitor, Adyaka Nalibe withdrew from the race citing neglect from the party.
“This notice is hereby made to unequivocally withdraw my candidature from the race and I don’t wish to contest in the aforementioned position and that my name should be struck off the list of nominated candidates to contest for the position of Kaabong District Woman Member of Parliament,” Ms Adyaka Nalibe’s September 9th withdrawal letter, reads in part.
Nalibe, according to Daily Monitor claims that since she started campaigning, her party has not been helpful at all.
“I only received Shs500,000 as support fund from them. Even my campaign posters have not been delivered, so I don’t have money to proceed.”