9 Vie for Jinja LCV Chairman's Seat

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According to a road-map released by the electoral commission, candidates will be nominated between September and October 2015, alongside the presidential and parliamentary contenders. Polls will be held in February 2016.

Up to nine contestants have so far indicated interest in the Jinja District Chairman's seat. Several of these have drawn campaign programs and are already soliciting for support within various political parties and grass root communities.


They Include Robert Kanusu, a renowned supporter of the Uganda People's Congress-UPC, Isa Budugo, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change, Paul Baliddawa, the district vice chairman and Richard Gulume Balyainho, the current Resident District Commissioner for Jinja.

Other contenders are Jimmy Ivan Obbo, Juma Muyita, Richard Mayengo,  Mohammed Magumba and Lawrence Talugende all National Resistance Movement - NRM party members.


According to a road-map released by the electoral commission, candidates will be nominated between September and October 2015, alongside the presidential and parliamentary contenders. Polls will be held in February 2016.


Juma Muyita, one of the intending candidates says he will be rooting for free and fair elections within the NRM party, which he subscribes to. He says that through a fair process, all contenders will concede and front a single party candidate with no independent challengers.  Muyita is optimistic that this will give the ruling party and edge over the various political parties.


Lawrence Talugende, another NRM contender says most of his manifesto lies on the NRM manifesto but needs a bigger political position to be able to serve his community better.  
 
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Robert Kanusu, the UPC stalwart who lost the 2011 polls to incumbent Fredrick Ngobi Gume says he is being driven by the need to restore political accountability and improve better service delivery. He is also using the period prior to nomination, to sensitize voters on vote protection.


Mohammed Magumba, a private agricultural businessman told Uganda radio network that his focus would be on enhancement of the agricultural sector.


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Uganda Radio Network also talked to Paul Balidawa, the Jinja district LCV Vice Chairman whose focus is to increase household incomes.


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Fred Ngobi Gume the current Jinja district Chairman will not seek re-election for the post. He is instead plotting for the Kagoma County parliamentary seat.