Buhweju By-election: M7 Urges Unity As Independent Candidate Bows Out

Preparations for the Buhweju district woman member of parliament by-elections took a new twist after Alison Byamukama, the independent candidate heeded Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s advice and bowed out for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer, Olive Kwoyekyenga.

Ugandan president and Chairman of the NRM Yoweri Museveni (L) hands over the NRM flag to Olive Kwoyekyenga, the party's flag bearer.
Ugandan president and Chairman of the NRM Yoweri Museveni (L) hands over the NRM flag to Olive Kwoyekyenga, the party’s flag bearer.

President Museveni appealed to the candidates and their supporters to unite for the good of the party. He said strength of the party was more important than individual strength.

“I thank the people of Buhweju for supporting the NRM. Please use your mandate to vote right. Vote for the people who will support and monitor government programmes. When local leadership is weak and not clear on the way forward for the country, it becomes difficult for Government to implement programmes. Use the chance to elect your leaders carefully”, he said

The President who was addressing a rally in Buhweju district to drum up support for the NRM candidate urged the two candidates to work together and mobilise their people to eradicate poverty.

The President said that with the area connected to the National electricity grid, the remaining infrastructural need was roads. He directed the Minister of Transport and Works to ensure the marrum road is first class.

The President asked Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu to update Buhweju people about Government water programs in the area. The Minister explained that plans to exploit gravity for residents of Bitsya, Rutehe, Mabanga and Rusika, to access water were finalized.

Speaker after another hailed the President and the NRM Government for ushering in peace and for leading Uganda to prosperity. They pledged support to the President and the NRM party.

The election is slated for October 31st 2013. The Buhweju Woman MP seat fell vacant last month, following the death of Hon. Joy Kariisa.

Adapted From Sarah Kagingo’s Facebook wall

Sarah Kagingo is President Museveni’s Special Assistant on Communications

2 thoughts on “Buhweju By-election: M7 Urges Unity As Independent Candidate Bows Out

  1. Whether you belong to the NRM, FDC, UPC , DP CP etc…I call upon my Buhweju friends to desist the temptation of falling for Museveni tricks. In fact it is high time you people of Buhweju decided to distance yourself and you cherished vote from the NRM which has been in power for the last 28 years and has done nothing for the County.Try another party and humiliate the NRM which when voted by WILL never change the status quo that has persisted for all the period M7 has been our ruler.

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