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By Mulengera Reporter

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Council Speaker Abubaker Kawalya has been declared the National Unity Platform (NUP) flag bearer for Rubaga North, setting the stage for his clash with Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Beti Olive Namisango Kamya.

NUP rejected incumbent MP Moses Kasibante after a second round of evaluation of credentials of the two aspirants (Kasibante and Kawalya). The Mercy Walukamba Election Management Committee recommended Kawalya as best suited to win the party the seat in the 2021 parliamentary elections, which endorsement the NUP Executive Board approved before making the final announcement today.

Kawalya will now face off with Minister Kamya, who has represented the constituency in the august house before. Both Kamya and Kawalya are former members of main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Months ago, Kawalya deserted the Najjanankumbi-based party after he was denied the flag for the KCCA Speaker race which he won, beating FDC’s favorite Doreen Nyanjura, the Makerere University Councillor who was later appointed Deputy Lord Mayor after Sarah Kanyike accepted a ministerial offer from the President Yoweri Museveni-led government. On the other hand, Kamya left the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) (which she had helped to start) after losing the 2011 presidential election.


Kamya says she is determined to reclaim her Rubaga North seat and her pursuit has been blessed by President Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) which handed her the flag following a September 04 primary  election which she won after garnering 6,164 votes against Brian Tindyebwa’s 671 votes, and Dr Isaac Lwanga’s four votes.

Meanwhile, Bobi Wine’s NUP finally gave its flag for the Kawempe South parliamentary election to former NBS Television presenter Bashir Kazibwe Mbaziira while in Kawempe North, Councillor Muhammad Ssegirinya will be flag bearer.

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