Nabilah set to stand for mayorship on NUP ticket

By Robert Segawa

Kampala woman member of Parliament Nabilah Nagayi Ssempala has been nominated to contest for Kampala lord mayor ticket for the opposition national unity party.

Nabilah Nagayi was competing against one Ssali Shudrah who scored 87, while Nabilah scored 166 out of 200.

According to the parties electoral boss Mercy Walukamba, Nabilah’s responses were impressive to the panel, but she now awaits confirmation by the platform board to hold the party flag.

The city’s mayor race on NUP ticket was set back following the withdraw of Kawempe north MP Latif Ssebagala sighting the need to promote working relationship among opposition.

Nabilah Nagayi will now face off with incumbent Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago FDC, Dan Kazibwe aka Raggae De NRM , and Beatrice Kayanja on DP ticket.

Bobi Wine sues IGP Okoth Ochola

By Sania Babirye

People power movement leader and National unity platform political party president Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobiwine has dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers to the high court in Mbale seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine has sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine want court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.

Lukwago nominated for Kampala mayorship seat

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) has this morning nominated Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago as a party flag bearer for the position of mayorship in the forth coming election.

This morning Lord Mayor Lukwago picked forms expressing interest in standing for Lord Mayor seat for the third time.

According to Boniface Bamwenda the party’s electoral commission boss, Lukwago has fulfilled all the requirements set by the party to be their flag bearer come 2021 election.

This morning, at headquarters in Najjanakumbi the party opened the nomination exercise for the position of Lord Mayor calling upon those who are interested to show up for the exercise before the closing date.

Meanwhile police have heavily deployed at FDC party headquarters which the PRO Kampala Metropolitan ASP Luke Owoyesigyire says has been done to deter any acts of crime that may arise .

Winnie Kiiza crosses over to ANT

By Sania Babirye

Kasese woman member of Parliament Winfred Kiiza has joined the exodus of those leaving Forum for Democratic Change for other parties. She was this morning unveiled ad a new member of Gen.Mugisha Muntu’s party Alliance for national Transformation.

Hon.Kizza is now the newest member of Forum for Democratic change to cross to ANT after Hon.Paul Mwiru and Kasiano Wadri and FDC’s leaning independent Gerald Karuhanga crossed to ANT.

Speaking immediately after her unveiling, Hon.Kizza thanked FDC for the time she had spent with them as a party member but maintained that ANT has values that she currently believes in if there is any hope of bringing the needed change to Uganda.

She further stated that although she will not be running for any Parliamentary seat, she believes that she can still work with ANT to bring change without being in Parliament.

Hon.Kiiza has now promised Ugandans that she will continue to struggle for change through ANT because she believes and trusts the ANT leadership will bring that a much awaited change that many Ugandans who have lost hope are still yearning for.

City lawyer petitions EC over amendments in NURP

By Sania Babirye

People power movement and National Unity Platform party spokesperson Joel Senyonyi has described a petition by city lawyer challenging the legality of their party as just another tactic that government is playing to delay their capture of power.

In a letter dated 3rd August 2020, city lawyer James Byamukama petitioned the electoral commission over an alleged illegal amendment of NURP political party, change of party names, symbols and colours and change in its top leadership by electing Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi as its party president and presidential flag bearer for the 2021 general elections.

However, Senyonyi says the entire process was legally carried out but state is just using any agent to cut on their speed to capture power.

He says that as NUP, they will not waste time on any baseless allegations even but will continue to mobilize and register party members as they prepare for the 2021 general elections.

FDC extends nomination deadline for the third time

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change Party leadership has once again postponed the nomination deadline for presidential flag bearer.

The Party’s Electoral Commission chairperson Bonifance Toterebuka Bamwenda told journalists at the Party offices in Najjanankumbi-Kampala that reluctance by the National Electoral Commission to furnish them with electoral guidelines was the reason they have continued to postpone events.

Bamwenda said the new schedule would be announced when the National Executive Committee (NEC ) convenes on Friday.

Bamwenda said those interested in picking nomination forms for FDC Presidential flag bearer must pay 5 million shillings which is non refundable.

This is the third time when the main Opposition Party postpones nominations.

The Party has also issued a one week ultimatum to all it’s district structural leadership to identify Member of Parliament aspirants in the newly demarcated 46 Counties by government.

I am not leaving the presidential race- Besigye

By Sania Babirye

Col.Kizza Besigye says he is not ready to leave the race for presidential flag bearer as some members of the public are suggesting .

Besigye says he did not come into the race as a part timer and that until Uganda achieves change , he will never retire from politics.

According to Besigye, everyone is invited in the fight for change on their own and since he brought himself into the struggle,he will leave on his own free will.

He made the remarks while welcoming Erias Lukwago as an FDC member.

Patrick Oboi Amuriat stated that what they have done today will only make the party stronger.

FDC announces extension of nomination dates

By Sania Babirye

Forum For Democratic change has extended the dates for the nomination for the party presidential flag bearer to 3rd to 4th August this year.

Addressing the media today, party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says those interested in the seat were meant to pick their nomination forms this Thursday and Friday but Friday being a public holiday, they had to change the dates

He however notes that no one has sofar expressed interest in running for the party presidential flag bearer .

He says so far 512members have picked forms for the member of Parliament seats.

He has also warned those who do not qualify for the position to not pick nomination forms especially those with any outstanding obligation to the Party.

Beti Kamya, Tinkasimire, Sekandi pick nomination forms

By Deo Wasswa

The vice President Kiwanuka Sekandi is among many politicians who have appeared at Kyadondo plot 13 to pick nomination forms as the NRM party elections draw closer.

While picking the forms Kiwanuka Sekandi has noted that he is still strong with experience that’s why he can’t give a chance for young people to take over Bukoto central.

Tinkasimire Barnabas, the Buyaga West legislator was also among the people who picked nomination forms, speaking to the press, he noted that people power is just a political club where they meet and discuss political issues and they go back home.

He says being people power coordinator in His constituency can’t block him from standing in his party, NRM.

Minister for Kampala, Betty Kamya Namisango also picked nomination forms to stand for Rubaga North.

Beatrice Kayanja announces intentions to stand for Lordmayorship

By Deo Wasswa

Beatrice Kayanja, a business woman, an entrepreneur and IT engineer is the second woman to declare her intention for the Kampala capital city Lord mayorship position in the coming general election.

Speaking to journalists today, Beatrice Kayanja who is coming as independent candidate has noted that her intentions for serving people of Kampala is to promote and improve the healthcare especially for all under the age of five years .

She says the office of Lord mayor is most important and most power political office in changing lives of people in Kampala especially in economic sector but has failed with it’s current leadership.

According to her, KCCA has adquate resources but it’s priorities are wrong , a reason why she has come to fix the problem.

Providing emergency services for all people who need it, addressing the question of high level of unemployment are among other Key issues on her manifesto.

Beatrice Kayanja is now the seventh person to declare intentions to stand on the position of Lord Mayorship.

The other six include, the current mayor Ssalongo Elias Lukwago, Kampala woman member of Parlaiment Nabilah Nagayi Ssempala, Joseph Mayanja a.k.a Jose Chameleon, Daniel Kazibwe a.k.a Ragga Dee, Godfrey Nyakana and Former Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebagala.