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 By Mulengera Reporters

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo, who is also an enthusiast for the ruling NRM, is proud of the fact that the party is on its way to prove it remains the most dominant force in this country. The man rom Mulanda is specifically excited and enthused by the fact that before even campaigning period officially begins for the MPs, the NRM party already has 4 legislators in the 11th Parliament who have gone through unopposed simply because the entire combined opposition wasn’t able to front anyone against them.

These include Buyamba County’s youthful Gyaviira Ssemwanga who the Rakai Electoral Commission District Registrar Sarah Nabukeera declared unopposed on Friday after nominations closed without anybody showing interest in the Seat. NUP’s John Mary Sebuwufu who in 2016 stood in Buyamba this time round relocated to Nakawa where he is fighting to become a City Hall councilor once again. He previously represented Kampala Central when Sebaana Kizito was Kampala Mayor.

The indomitable Ssemwanga had previously defeated incumbent MP the inconsequential Amos Mandela in the NRM primaries with 43,459 against 17,324 votes. Ssemwanga is personally surprised because he says he never expected such an easy sail through because he was always despised by even his own family members.

He says he will be prioritizing help to HIV/Aids victims who are very many in Rakai district. Elsewhere in Rakai district, Boaz Kasirabo Ninsiima, NUP’s Henry Ndinaimwe and David Mpuuga have all been nominated. The incumbent Woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama, who lost in the party primaries, is equally contesting against NRM flagbearer Asha Lubyayi Kayanja, NUPs Grace Nalubega and independent candidate Nowerina Kinkanshemeza.

Gyaviira Ssemwanga

Yet apart from Ssemwanga, NRM has other unopposed MPs already into the 11th Parliament including Buyanja East’s Emily Kugonza, Arua/Vurra district’s Lillian Paparo (for woman MP slot) and Bugahya County incumbent MP Pius Wakabi Kasaijja who (having overcome ULS’s Simon Peter Kinobe) is back to Parliament unopposed. Remarkably, Paparo’s sailing through unopposed has intrigued many because she hails from the same constituency as Dr. Lina Zedriga who deputizes Bobi Wine as NUP President. Many PP/NUP supporters initially anticipated that the very dynamic Zedriga would move mountains and deliver several political wins for their nascent political movement primarily in her home turf of West Nile and generally Northern Uganda.

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