The Democratic Party (DP) has opted out of the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament by-election race slated for June 29.
Defending why the DP candidate, Ms Lilian Babirye Kamoome stepped down, Mr Norbert Mao, the party president said their gesture was intended to open up consultations among democracy seeking forces to enable the Opposition triumph over its rivals in the race.
He did not commit the party to a particular candidate but said they are dialoguing amongst themselves in order to rally their support behind one strong Opposition candidate.
“After consultations with key party leaders and our candidate, we have asked Ms Kamoome to step down and she has agreed. We have explained to her campaign team managers the benefits of fronting one Opposition candidate who will attain victory,” Mr Mao said while addressing journalists at the party weekly press conference in Kampala yesterday.
He said their findings reveal an overwhelming victory for NRM party if the Opposition remains divided, which is why they are re-aligning their forces.
“The party has not yet decided which camp they are going to support but NRM is nowhere on our choice,” Mr Mao said.
Talking to Daily Monitor yesterday, Ms Kamoome confirmed that she has stepped down following consultations with party leaders.
“It was just unfair for me to stand in Opposition’s victory. It is better to step down and give chance to those who have better chances to win,’ Ms Kamoome said.
Ms Ingrid Turinawe told Daily Monitor yesterday that the move was pre- planned and that she did so in favour of FDC candidate Kantinti.
According to Mr Kamoga Zikusooka, a political mobiliser in Kyadondo East, DP’s action is a good gesture for the Opposition as they try to clean up their house. This leaves five candidates to tussle it out in the race that has sharply split the opposition.
The FDC has fronted Mr Kantinti who is contesting alongside his party member Mr Muwada Nkunyingi. The two candidates have split the FDC leadership with the party threatening disciplinary action against whoever supports rival candidates.
Independent candidate, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi famously known as Bobi Wine on the other hand enjoys support from a section of some FDC leaders, some of whom have promised to secretly vote for him to avoid party reprimand. Other candidates are NRM’s Sitenda Sebalu and Independent candidate Mr Sowedi Kayondo.