5 People Warm Up to Unseat Kutesa from Mawogola County

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Vincent Kimbugwe, a campaign strategist to Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is among the five candidates who intend to contest for the Mawogola County Parliamentary seat. Kutesa represented the county in Parliament from 1996 to date.

Vincent Kimbugwe, a campaign strategist to Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is among the five candidates who intend to contest for the Mawogola County Parliamentary seat come 2016.  Kutesa has represented the county in Parliament from 1996 to date.  He earlier served the same area as a delegate in the constituent assembly.

However, as Ugandans warm up for the 2016 race, Kimbugwe now claims his former boss has outlived his usefulness for the constituency. Kimbugwe is also accusing Kutesa of failing to implement commitments laid out in his manifesto, a result of which Mawogola continues to languish in poverty.

He says the two had also agreed that Kutesa would relinquish the seat in 2016 and pave way for him as a possible successor but there seems to be no avenue for such an arrangement.

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Kimbugwe has asked Kutesa, now the President of the UN General Assembly not to contest in the next general election.

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Other persons with vested interest in the same seat are Baker Mukasa, Faisal Ddamulira, Isha Ntumwa and Sserwanga Wakibi Musaazi.

They all claim that the lack of access to basic services, Poverty, poor infrastructure and divisions among the electorate is driving their passion to unseat the incumbent.  Sserwanga says Kutesa has failed to use his political experience and influence to unite the people of Sembabule and bail them out of poverty.

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However, Sam Kutesa declined to comment on some of the allegations although he maintains he would seek re-election.

 

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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.