FAMILIES WHICH MUST BE CURSING THE ELECTION POLITICAL YEAR 2021
By Mulengera Reporters
For many NUP-leaning political actors in especially Buganda sub region, the election season is ending on a high note with a bountiful harvest. It’s the reason many Musevenists, whose Minister MPs were electrocuted beyond political repaid, are nursing their wounds and bruised political egos.
As the triumphant NUP MP Candidates continue jubilating their respective wins, there are other political families within the politically very influential Buganda region are mourning political season while regretting the day they were born or chose to join politics. Among those agonizing is the Sentamu family with two of their siblings losing their respective election races for the MP Seats. We are talking about Chairman Fred Nyanzi Sentamu whose bid for Kampala Central MP Seat ended in total disaster trailing behind the indomitable Mohammed Nsereko. The other Sentamu sibling whose 2021 electioneering bid wasn’t successful was Betty Sentamu, a young sister to Fred Nyanzi who Bobi Wine Robert Kyagulanyi, another losing Sentamu sibling, had fronted for the Gomba woman MP only to trail badly behind the incumbent Woman Sylivia Nayebare of the ruling NRM party.
Like their brother Bobi Wine, the two losing Sentamu siblings have resorted to dismissing the ill-fated poll as “Bichupuli kabisa” with Nyanzi threatening to drag Nsereko to Court just like Eddie Yawe, another Sentamu singling, did in 2011 only for Nsereko to still prevail through that Court process. Gratefully, Bobi Wine, in his protestations by both Washington and London whose officials are saying the 2021 shouldn’t be allowed to stand because it was less than credible. That the poll, which the ruling NRM comfortably won both at Presidential and Parliamentary levels, wasn’t free and fair. In fact London has gone as far as calling for an internationally-supervised audit similar to what Col Kizza Besigye demanded for in 2016.
OTHER TEARFUL FAMILIES
Away from the Sentamus (whose political masanyalaze/wave ironically enabled many to enter Parliament exclusively for Buganda constituencies), there are other political families nursing political wounds and bruises including that of Capt Francis Babu whose wife (Margaret Zziwa) and son (Cedric Babu) trailed badly earning themselves the unenviable title of political kikonywas (political failures). Zziwa only managed a miserable 9,450 votes badly trailing behind Joel Senyonyi of NUP who scored 31,663 and thereby becoming the pioneer MP for Nakawa West. Their son Cedric Babu badly trailed in the Kampala Central MP race.
THE SEBAGGALA FAMILY
The Kisasi-based family had their Latif Sebaggala (MP since 2001) trail badly in the Kawempe North MP race behind NUP’s Mohammed Segirinya. Latif’s younger brother Faruk Ntege, another excellent deal-maker from the Kisasi family, was badly floored for the Makindye West MP race by none other than Allan Sewanyana (Omusajja wa bwino) who carried the NUP ticket. Ntege had support of NUP haters like his fellow deal-makers like Nabillah Nagayi and Kasirye Nganda Ali Mulyanyama who doesn’t like Allan Sewanyana. He has never forgiven Allan for defeating him in 2011 when they both competed for the position of Makindye West Lord Councilor.
The same Sebaggala family, much hated by Kampala voters for their political dishonesty and deal-making, also had their Syda Bbumba Namirembe finally lose her grip on the Nakaseke Central MP Seat which she lost to NUP’s Allan Mayanja. Syda’s husband Hajji Abdul Bbumba was an elder brother to Latif and Ntege. He was buried in Kisasi where Nasser Sebaggala too was buried late last year during a sendoff where Latif bowed to family pressure to seek reelection for his MP Seat defying Kyagulanyi who had handed him the ticket for Lord Mayorship.
We are talking about Florence and Deogratias Kiyingi who had distinguished themselves as a politically very strong family in the politics of Bukomansimbi in Kabaka’s Buddu sub county. Florence, who stood chance to become Vice President of Uganda after Sekandi, stood for Bukomansimbi Woman MP for the ruling NRM only to lose to NUP’s Veronica Nanyondo who had just defected from cracking DP to fast-growing NUP. Deo Kiyingi, who many took to be a political mahogany in Bukomansimbi, was defeated for Bukomansimbi South MP seat by NUP’s Godfrey Kayemba Solo. Nakiwala dug her political grave when she dismissed Kyagulanyi as a drug addict unfit to be President. In the end she scored 16,035 votes against less prolific Nanyondo’s 28,459 votes.
Ex-Minister Vincent Nyanzi is another victim of the poll. His bid to recapture Busujju County Seat flopped as NUP’s Dick Lukyamuzi Kalwanga proved too strong. Kalwanga scored 19,174 votes against Nyanzi’s 10,198. Nyanzi’s Brother John Mary Bugembe equally flopped and didn’t go far. His sister in law Minister Bena Namugwanya had it rough in August last year when she was defeated in NRM primaries when she failed to keep the office of NRM flag bearer for Mubende Woman MP. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).