DP Elders Front NRM's Kagimu Kiwanuka for Bukomansimbi MP Seat

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In short
Despite making his intentions clear, about 20 DP elders in the district have abandoned Kiyingi in favor of his NRM rival Maurice Peter Kagimu, Uganda’s ambassador to Nigeria.

DP’s Deo Kiyingi, the incumbent Bukomansimbi county MP is faced with difficult times in the next elections as party elders in Bukomansimbi district have thrown their weight behind NRM’s Maurice Peter Kagimu. Kiyingi defeated Iddi Kisiki Lubyayi, the NRM candidate in the 2011 elections to win the Bukomansimbi county MP seat.
Kiyingi has already announced his plans to seek  another term in office come 2016 general elections. Despite making his intentions clear, about 20 DP elders in the district have abandoned Kiyingi in favor of his NRM rivarl Maurice Peter Kagimu, Uganda’s ambassador to Nigeria. Kagimu is a son to Benedict Kiwanuka, one of the founders of the Democratic Party.
However, Kagimu has to face off with Iddi Kisiki Lubyayi in the NRM primary elections to secure the party ticket. Currently, DP leaders led by Emmanuel Muwonge, the Kibinge DP chairperson and Bukomansimbi District DP youth leader Denis Kiyimba are popularizing Kagimu. The duo claim that they abandoned Kiyingi in favor of Kagimu because the legislator is a conman.
They also claim that Kiyingi has failed to represent the constituency effectively because they have never seen him on the floor of parliament. Emmenuel Muwonge claims that when they supported Kiyingi in 2011 he advised them to plant Moringa and promised to buy it. He says more that more than 2000 residents embarked on planting Moringa but Kiyingi didn’t keep his promise to buy it.
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Dennis Kiyimba, another DP leader says Kiyingi is not fluent in the English language to actively legislate in Parliament. He says as a result, the legislators shies away from standing on the floor of parliament to articulate their concerns. According to Kiyimba, Bukomansimbi is grappling with the coffee wilt disease and banana bacterial wilt but their MP has not highlighted the problem in parliament.
But Deo Kiyingi, the incumbent Bukomansimbi MP is not scared. According to Kiyingi he doesn’t care about those who have left his camp saying they are nothing. He declined to comment on most of the accusations made against him by his former alies saying he hates journalists.
Iddi Kisiki Lubyaayi says he is planning to bounce back come the 2016 polls. But Gabriel Kalungi, a resident of Bukomansinbi says Lubyayi has got questionable academic papers. He says they voted for Lubyayi in 2006 but he was kicked out of parliament due to lack of the requisite academic qualifications. According to Kalungi they cannot entrust Lubyayi with their votes.
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But Lubyayi says his academic papers are in order. Janet Namugula, a resident of Buyoga says she wants a representative who will ensure electricity reachs her village in Butayunja. She explains that for many years, Members of Parliament have been  lying to them. Kagimu says he wants to come back and redeem the area. He says his previous attempts were affected by internal wrangles in the ruling NRM government. He says each time he visits the area, he tries to meet all aggrieved NRM leaders..


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.