Sheema- The race to replace State Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye as MP for Sheema North constituency, is heating up, powered by the defection to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) of Mr Guma Nuwagaba from the National resistance Movement (NRM).
Mr Guma Nuwagaba was a resident district commissioner until recently but took leave to vie for the parliamentary seat, first trying to scoop the NRM flag and eventually jumping out of the party after claiming the primaries were rigged.
Mr Nuwagaba is now facing off with Ms Naome Kibaaju, the NRM candidate who beat him to the ruling party’s flag.
Mr Mr Felix Mujuni, who had been eyeing the FDC ticket but was eventually nominated to run as an Independent after FDC made a last-minute decision to back new entrant Nuwagaba, has pulled out of the race just five days after nomination.
FDC leaders persuaded him out of the race to avoid dividing their vote, leaving Mr Nuwagaba and Ms Kibaaju to fight for the 35,000 votes on offer in the constituency that was carved up when Sheema Municipality was carved out of it.
The seat fell vacant after Dr Tumwesigye opted to run for the Sheema Municipality seat, which he eventually won.
Campaigning is intense as voting day, October 8, draws near.
Former FDC president Kizza Besigye and current party president Patrick Amuriat on Friday and Saturday moved across the constituency drumming up support for Mr Nuwagaba, while NRM secretary general Kasule Lumumba campaigned for Ms Kibaaju last weekend.
President Museveni is expected in the constituency this week.