At least 8 have started vigorous mobilisation to challenge Peter Nyombi for Nakasongola County Parliamentary seat in 2016.
Nyombi, the Attorney General, intend to seek re-election for the third term as Nakasongola MP and has been holding public rallies ahead of the general elections. However, eight politicians have also launched parallel campaigns to oust him from the seat accusing him of failure to deliver.
The aspirants include James Wandira, the Nakasongola Local Council 5 Chairman, Ivan Kyeyune a presenter at Simba FM and NTV, and Amos Yiga, the Manafwa District Internal Security Officer.
Others are Steven Wasswa the head teacher of Kisenyi Primary School, Godfrey Ssemanda the district councillor for Kakooge Sub County, Christopher Bagonza, Peter Ssegujja and Kasozi Balwogezza.
Apart from Kyeyune who is an independent aspirant, the rest are eyeing the ruling NRM party ticket.Wandira says he is crossing to challenge Nyombi to push for issues that include unfulfilled pledge for elevation of Nakasongola Health Centre IV to hospital status, lobby for increased funding for road construction and improve education services among others.
Another aspirant Godfrey Ssemanda says that he has been tested for fighting for freedom of the poor and it’s time he served them at the higher level.
Ivan Kyeyune says that despite the fact that the Attorney General is among high ranking officials in government, his constituency is among the poorest in Central region and time is now to vote for another person who can lobby for the people.
He has so far given out 50 scholarships to poor students and clothing to elderly.Some residents are also bitter with Nyombi for failure to get jobs for area youths in central government, being anti-Buruuli Chiefdom and abandoning the constituency.
David Mwesigye, a youth in Nakasongola town says that Attorney General Nyombi is among the people who endorse big contracts for central government projects but has failed to help youths from his area to get jobs.
Nyombi, however, says everyone is at liberty to contest for the seat but they shouldn’t tell lies that he has not delivered.
He cited boreholes, schools and churches constructed with his funds and support from friends. He also says that Buruuli Chiefdom enjoys its freedom due to his advice to President Yoweri Museveni.According to Electoral Commission roadmap, the official campaigns will start on 18th September 2015 and elections for various positions will be held from February 12 to March 2016. National Resistance Movement party primaries are expected in July 2015.