Today 2016 Kampala MP nominations have kicked off with an overwhelming number of aspirants flocking the district returning registrar’s office to be nominated but the number of over 68 aspirants chasing only 8 posts in the district is amazing. The exercise that kicked off at a few minutes past, 9am at Lugogo UMA hall manned by the district registrar, one Charles Ntege, has seen over 15 aspirants being nominated with most of these elevating their ranks from being council representatives to legislature,
Among them being Councilors Nakuya Hanifa, Dr. Ian Clerk, Shifrah Lukwago among others but surprising, there has been a return of one Betty Kanya who contested for presidency in the 2011 exercise and now wants to retain her Rubaga north seat under the federal alliance with also old faces not giving up the hunt.
Some of the nominees include Hon. Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala central) who promised more fire brand in the parliament and is sure of a landslide win as he intends to resume his seat and speak for the common man, Shifrah Lukwago ( K’la woman MP) also pledging to fight for the cause of the locals and fight graft in govt, Hon. Fred Ruhindi (Nakawa) pledging to fight poverty and give electorates good laws, Betty Kamya (Rubaga north) also on fighting poverty, graft and campaigning for federalism, Kato Lubwama fighting for the common man (Rubaga South) Ian Clerk ( Makindye east) pledging to lobby for his electorates, Nanyunja Robbina (Kawempe north) Sam Simbwa (Makindye east) and many others.
National woman MP for persons with disability Sofia Nalule has been nominated to contest for the same seat in the next year’s general elections. Nalule says since she is reelected her priority shall be to ensure that the government allocates funds for the disabled persons in every financial year.
Relatedly the former minister of state for disabled Florence Ssekabira has been as well nominated to vy for the seat of national woman MP for disabled. Also Hellen Asamo has been nominated to vy for the post of PWDs in parliament representing those from eastern Uganda. The returning officer in charge of this exercise Stewart Tamale explains that all the nominees have fulfilled the requirement and are free to start hunting for votes. The nomination of persons with disability is city conducted at the
head offices of the electoral commission in Kampala.