Forum for Democratic Change Vice President Salaam Musumba has described Kamuli district as a social dump. Musumba says itâ€™s only in Kamuli district where a whole community is infested with jiggers and pinned to the ground for the last 20 years.
Musumba has expressed interest in contesting for the Kamuli LCV by elections set for the November 29th this year.
Musumba says it’s only in Kamuli district where a whole community is infested with jiggers and pinned to the ground for the last 20 years.
She adds that Kamuli is a stranded district that needs to realign its leadership and aspirations in a more serious way than it has presently. She observes that Kamuli had also had leadership wrangles that have caused violence and different political camps that have wasted the people’s lives and opportunities.
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Economically Musumba notes that Kamuli has nothing productive apart from maize which also acts as a cash crop thus the endemic food shortage.
But also the neglect of the people, who are disoriented, traumatised and lost. According to Salaam nothing good comes out of Kamuli apart from its girls such as the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and herself.
Another ten candidates have also expressed interest and picked nomination forms to contest for the seat. However, Musumba argues that there has been an outcry for a while for her to participate in the by elections inspite her not being ready for it.
She believes she had the responsibility as a leader to give value to the by elections and it’s on this basis that she is unable to say no to the people who trust and have hope in her.
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On her financial backing Musumba says she made it clear to the FDC top leadership that she does not have the money needed to finance the campaigns and energy for the task. However, being a former contestant in the area, born in Bugabula and married in Buzaya, name recognition is not a problem.
She says Kamuli is four generations behind schedule and they have to pick themselves up and catch up with the rest of the country under her leadership.
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Other contestants include Emmanuel Kalimu Embiro Alfred (DP), Thomas Kategere (NRM), Simon Ogema, Michael Kifuba Ngabo and Charles Isanga. Others are Fred Bamutire, Godfrey Bamulanze, Dhizaala Kaloli, Ibrahim Mbadhi, and George Kapere, all independent candidates.
Nominations for the by-elections are scheduled for November 1 and 2. The Kamuli LC V seat fell vacant after court nullified the election of Kawugu Kawooya because of lack of the requisite academic qualifications.