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By Joel Mugabi

The Democratic Party (DP) has today announced its candidate for the Kayunga LCV by-election, which is scheduled for next month.

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For months now, the district boss’ seat has been vacant following the death of Ffefeka Sserubugo of main opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) Party. Sserubogo’s body was found hanging on a tree near his home in Kayunga a few months following his election.

The stage for the race to replace Sserubogo is now set after political parties interested in the seat announced their candidates in accordance with a roadmap and guidelines issued by Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama’s Electoral Commission (EC).

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On November 24, Democratic Party President Norbert Mao unveiled Waddimba as the party’s candidate in Kayunga poll at DP’s City House Headquarters in the capital Kampala. Mao also said the party will raise funds for Waddimba’s campaigns.

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Weeks ago, the Kayunga District DP leadership recommended Waddimba to the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) as their preferred choice for the seat. NEC agreed with the party’s Kayunga branch’s choice and have now confirmed Waddimba as their candidate.

Hailing from Bukeeka Village, Kangulumira Sub-county in Kayunga District, Waddimba has been serving as President Mao’s personal assistant.

A former Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) leader, Waddimba previously contested in the Ntenjeru South MP 2016 election as a DP candidate but lost.

Waddimba’s campaign promises include the urgency to address the challenge of land grabbing; recovering and restoring the forest reserves of Kiwuula, Bbajjo, and Wamali in Bbale and Galiraaya, which reserves he says have been grabbed by people who illegally processed fake titles and threw out squatters; ridding the district of fake agricultural inputs; marketing agricultural produce from the district’s farmers; as well as improving the quality of education and health services.

In the election scheduled for December 16, according to the EC roadmap, DP’s Waddimba will face NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde and Andrew Muwonge of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), among other candidates. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us





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