Kayunga By-election: Following the mysterious death of the elected LCV chairman in the 2021 general elections that were held on 20th January 2021 Ffefeka Sseubogo Mohammed who was found hanging on a jackfruit tree on the 16th of June 2021 just after a month in office, the seat was declared vacant by the Independent Electoral Commission as per the constitution and a roadmap for by-elections was released.
In a two days exercise that took place on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November 2021 presided over by the EC District Returning Officer Ms. JenipherKyobutingi, the Independent Electoral Commission nominated six (6) candidates, three (3) of which represent registered political parties and the other three (3) nominated as independents and these nominations were confirmed by the Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi on the 10th day of December, 2021. These include;
- Nakwedde Harriet Kafeero (National Unity Platform,NUP)
- Muwonge Andrew (National Resistance Movement, NRM)
- Waddimba Anthony (Democratic Party, DP)
- Nyanzi Majid (Independent, with a clock as symbol)
- Kamoga Jamil (Independent, son to the late Chairperson)
- Musisi Boniface Bandikubi (Independent, a Ball as Symbol)
As the district gets close to the polls, party leaders with candidates in the race have been flocking the district in the search for votes in favour of their candidates. The NRM big heads headed by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabanjja, Party Mobilizer Hon. Nansubuga Sseninde, party secretary general Richard Twodong and Rogers Mulindwa the party spokesperson have since been in the district promising heavens to the residents if they vote for their candidate Muwonge.
However, the pressure mounted by NUP’s Nakwedde Harriet Kafeero in all the sub-counties of the district it has forced President Museveni to rush the construction process of the 89km road of Kayunga-Bbaale-Galiraya that has been in the NRM Manifesto for over 2 decades (4 elective terms) as a way of earning credit of development before the electorates.
In the same spirit, NUP leaders including the party secretariat headed by Chairman Nyanzi the elder brother of Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Secretary General David Lewis Lubongoya, and NUP MPs that include Hon. Betty Nambooze (Mukono Municipality), Hon. Charles Tebandeke (Bbaale County), Nsajja Patrick Mabirizi (Ntenjeru North), Mike wine also one of Bobi wine’s little brothers have also been flocking the district to converse for Harriet’s support.
Much as six (6) candidates were nominated it’s clear that it’s a two horse race between NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde and NRM’s Andrew Muwonge. 16th of December 2021 is the day announced by the Electoral Commission for the Kayunga residents to cast their votes and campaigns are expected to end by the 14th-December 2021. But before the closure of campaigns the two camps are expectant to receive their masters i.e. H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who also doubles as the party chairman and Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (H.E Bobi Wine).
It should be recalled that it’s the third (3rd) time Nakwedde Harriet is running for a political office that covers the entire district two (2) of which in 2011 and 2021 she was vying for the Woman MP seat something that gives her advantage to win the race given the short campaign time. Should Nakwedde Harriet Kafeero win the race, she will be the first woman to be elected chairperson of Kayunga District since it’s breakoff from Mukono District in 2001.