The Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday cleared Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) vice president for the Eastern region, Proscovia Salaamu Musumba and Hajatt Rehema Watongola to contest as FDC and NRM candidates respectively for the Kamuli Municipality by-election.
The two were selected on the first day of the nomination exercise by the Kamuli District Returning Officer, Ms Gracious Araija.
Musumba recently won a court petition that nullified Watongola’s election over academic papers. Speaking to journalists after her nomination, Ms Musumba said she was offering herself again because she has the passion to serve.
She contested against Hajjat Watongola in last year’s MP elections with three other candidates where Watongola scored 8,174 votes against her 6,702 and was declared winner.
“…I offer myself to go and advocate for reforms in the local government so that more powers and resources are given to lower local government which I will be legislating from an informed and experienced angle,” Ms Musumba said.
She chided government for weak laws saying her going to court was to speak for the people on the quality of education. “In a normal government, forgery and uttering false documents would land one in prison not election arena so NRM as a sitting government should come clear of contradictions and set precedence for the generation,” she added.
Defending her seat, Hajjat Watongola said she is coming back after acquiring the right A Level results to start from where she stopped and she unveiled what she called the peoples manifesto and programme.
“They had put a comma on my stay in the House and here l come to seek re-election so that we continue from where we stopped,” she said after the nomination.
Watongola declared that she doesn’t want a repeat of the “hell” she has gone through to acquire academic qualifications.
She pledged to concentrate on offering support to education, helping girls attain education and ending child marriages, which she said affected and almost ruined her political career had she not been consistent and persistent.
By the time of filing this report, other likely candidates: Ms Mastula Namatovu and Mr Samuel Wallujjo, who had registered told Daily Monitor that they were still consulting with party officials because they want to contest as Independents.