Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement has unveiled the road map for the primary by-elections for the city mayoral candidate.
According to the road map announced Monday morning by Lukyamuzi Kakooza, the NRM Kampale returning Officer there will be a 15 day’s campaign period before the primary elections are held of March 30th. Candidates will visit a total of 5 divisions with over 1000 villages. Kakooza says that there are over 30 voters in each village according to the party structures.
Those vying for the NRM party card are Peter Sematimba, the former Lubaga division LC III chairperson, Twaha Najji, Muhammad Kasule and Fred Kazibwe. The electoral process is expected to last up to 1st April when the official party candidate will be declared. Shortly after the road map was released the candidates promised to avoid a smear campaign. The candidates also jointly pledged to accept the results and support the winner as the party constitution dictates.
Despite the preparations by the NRM it is still not clear whether the by-elections will be held since Erias Lukwago, the embattled has filed an application before high court seeking an injunction on the process.
In his petition Lukwago argues that he was wrongly removed from office since there was an injunction stopping the meeting convened by Frank Tumwebaze, the Kampala minister for his removal. Lukwago was controversially impeached by KCCA councilors in November last year after a stormy meeting.
Tumwebaze has since then written to the EC to conduct by-elections for the replacement of. Electoral Commission has fixed April 17th this year as the date for the by-elections.