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Hanifa Nyamaizi, a resident of Civic Central Ward says they asked Kabakumba to contest in Masindi Municipality because they cant afford to lose her effective representation in parliament due to her eloquence, lobbying capacity and regular interactions with the electorates.

Kabakumba Labwoni Matsiko, the Bujenje County Member of Parliament has rejected her suspension from the position of Masindi District NRM party chairperson. Kabakumba was suspended by Masindi District NRM Executive last week for alleged breach of the party guidelines. She was accused of contesting as an independent candidate for the Masindi Municipality parliamentary seat against the NRM party flag bearer Ernest Kiiza, the former State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs.
 
 
She decided to contest in Masindi Municipality after losing the NRM party primaries in Bujenje County to retired Lt. Patrick Kasumba. As a result, Masindi District NRM Executive convened a meeting chaired by Kabakumba's deputy Melekizedek Kanaginagi Ateenyi and resolved to suspend her. But Kabakumba will not have any of this saying the meeting that resolved to suspend her was illegal since she is the only one with powers to convene such a meeting.
 
"I am still the NRM party chairperson because nobody has powers to suspend me from my position as a chairperson or member of the party," told her supporters on Christmas Eve. She also accused the party executive of denying her a fair hearing to defend herself before the decision to suspend her was reached.
 
 
Kabakumba said she decided to contest on the advice of the NRM party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni who instructed disgruntled party members who wish to stand as independents to do so. The NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi and Secretary General, Justine Lumumba Kasule, are opposed to independents saying they will split the party support.
 
 
However, some of the voters have thrown their weight behind Kabakumba. Hanifa Nyamaizi, a resident of Civic Central Ward says they asked Kabakumba to contest in Masindi Municipality because they can't afford to lose her effective representation in parliament due to her eloquence, lobbying capacity and regular interactions with the electorates. Kabakumba launched her campaigns at her home in Kijungu cell in Masindi Municipality on Christmas Eve.

Kabakumba's insistence that she is still Masindi NRM party chairperson contradicts a recent ruling by Justice Michael Elubu in a case, in which Henry Banyenzaki, the incumbent Rubanda West MP was challenging the candidature of his rival Denis Sabit. Banyenzaki, who was nominated as an independent had petitioned court accusing the NRM party leadership for presenting Sabit for nomination in disregard of a restraining court order. 

However, in his ruling read for him by Kabale Grade one magistrate Ronald Nsobya on Tuesday this week, Justice Michael Elubu, ruled that Banyenzaki had no ground for suing NRM. He quoted Article 72 of the Ugandan constitution, which clearly states that one ceases to be a member of a political party once he/she gets nominated as independent candidate.