THE INSIDE STORY: Why Ind. Candidate Alison Pulled Out Of Buhweju By-election

More information has emerged about why independent candidate Alison Byamukama bowed out of the Buhweju Woman Member of Parliament by-elections in favor of the ruling NRM’s Olive Kwoyekyenga. 

Ugandan president and Chairman of the NRM Yoweri Museveni (L) hands over the NRM flag to Olive Kwoyekyenga, the party’s flag bearer.
Ugandan president and Chairman of the NRM Yoweri Museveni (L) hands over the NRM flag to Olive Kwoyekyenga, the party’s flag bearer.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was in Buhweju District, western Uganda last Friday to garner votes for NRM’s Olivia Kwoyekyenga and resolve the wrangles that had arisen following the disputed primaries.

The President advised independent candidate Alison Byamukama to step down from the race, advice she heeded. President Museveni appealed to Byamukama not to divide the party as she had contested as an independent after losing the NRM primaries.

He also appointed her Special Presidential Adviser on Buhweju affairs, a position that must have looked so juicy that she withdrew from the race.

Before the rally, President Museveni had a closed door meeting with a selected group of people from Alison’s wing who expressed their grievances concerning the NRM primaries.

At the rally, the President re emphasized Kwoyekyenga’s manifesto and appreciated the people of Buhweju for their support during the struggle.

However, he urged people of Buhweju to vote NRM because it will be a direct way of solving their problems. He cited Bushenyi Municipality, which sent FDC’s Hon Tayebwa Odo to Parliament, and the district is now faced with several cases of gruesome murders.

President Museveni (C) with Alison Byamukama (R) and Olive Kwoyekyenga, (L) the party’s flag bearer.
President Museveni (C) with Alison Byamukama (R) and Olive Kwoyekyenga, (L) the party’s flag bearer.

Kwoyekyenga will be head to head with FDC’s Jane Frida Bwiruka in the by election to be held later this week.

The President asked Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu to update Buhweju people about Government water programs in the area. The Minister explained that plans to exploit gravity for residents of Bitsya, Rutehe, Mabanga and Rusika, to access water were finalized.

The election is slated for October 31st 2013. The Buhweju Woman MP seat fell vacant last month, following the death of Hon. Joy Kariisa

5 thoughts on “THE INSIDE STORY: Why Ind. Candidate Alison Pulled Out Of Buhweju By-election

  1. What are the qualifications for one to be a presidential advisor? I will stand in the next elections so that if I am ditched, I can become a presidential advisor on Kasese.

  2. Mr. President, the people in Bushenyi voted Odo Tayebwa that is why they are facing gruesome murders. what a joke!

  3. ” He cited Bushenyi Municipality, which sent FDC’s Hon Tayebwa Odo to
    Parliament, and the district is now faced with several cases of gruesome
    murders.” Mr President are you trying to tell us that Hon Odo Tayebwa is murdering people in Bushenyi? What happened to security you always talk about

  4. I had never imagined how low our leadership had sunk until i read this article. God deliver us please!!

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