Three candidates have been dully nominated to contest in the forthcoming Buhweju Woman Parliamentary by-elections due on 31st this month.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Joy Arinaitwe Kariisa, the NRM legislator who succumbed to cancer last month.
Those nominated are NRM’s Oliver Koyekyenga, FDC’s Jane frida Bwiruka and an independent candidate Alison Byamukama who was fronted by six of the candidates who lost in the NRM primaries.
Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairman is now camped in Buhweju to oversee the by-election. He has however warned candidates against holding public campaigns before 14th when campaigns will be officially opened.
Kigundu also asked voters to avoid hate speech, and desist from accepting bribes from candidates. He says this tantamount to vote rigging and should be resisted in order to promote free and fair elections
Meanwhile, Koyekyenga, The Official NRM candidate talked to local media about her mission in parliament and pledged to put more emphasis on improving the education sector, electricity and infrastructure development.
The FDC flag bearer observed the need for improved road infrastructure in order to ease transportation needs of the people of Buhweju and subsequently get them out of poverty through market access.
Also on her agenda is the teacher’s welfare which she says must be improved.
Meanwhile Alison Byamukama, the Independent candidate accuses Prof. Mushemeza the vice chairman of the NRM Electoral commission of taking a bribe from the Koyekyenga camp in order to rule in her favor.
She says much as they signed a commitment not to contest as independent candidates once they lost in party primaries, the NRM Electoral commission failed to meet its part of the bargain prompting them to revoke the commitment.
Elijah Mushemeza however denies taking sides and adds that Alison Byamukama must be dealt with politically since she has defied party orders to ban independent candidates.