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 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.
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