Independent candidate Mr. Savana Vincent Muhumuza has decided not to step down in favor of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate in the Hoima LC5 chairman by-election.
This decision follows a campaign rally for the NRM candidate, Mr. Uthuman Mugisha Mubaraka, attended by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, NRM National Vice Chairman Al-Hajj Moses Kigongo, NRM Deputy Secretary General Rose Namayanja, and NRM’s Director for Mobilisation Rosemary Sseninde, among others. The rally took place at Dwoli Primary School in Hoima.
During the rally, Prime Minister Nabbanja urged Mr. Muhumuza, who was also present, to withdraw from the race and support Mr. Mugisha. She stated, “I want to request you, my son Savana, to announce today that you are stepping down for the NRM candidate… If you withdraw, we will be happy as the NRM party. We are tired of divisions within our party. If you have been defeated, rally behind the candidate, Savana, and I will personally support you.” Her request received enthusiastic applause from NRM supporters present at the event, who believed it would improve Mr. Mugisha’s chances on September 14.
Al-Hajj Kigongo also called on all individuals to support the NRM candidate, emphasizing the election’s significance, especially since the Prime Minister is from the Bunyoro Sub-region. He expressed, “It will be a shame if we lose this election. The Prime Minister is here, and our NRM candidate is from this region. He is not going anywhere, and I urge you to vote for him.”
Mr. Kigongo mentioned President Museveni’s intention to speak with Mr. Muhumuza, but stressed they wouldn’t pressure the President if it hadn’t happened yet. He said, “Wherever there is a problem, we are committed to finding solutions.”
However, Mr. Muhumuza stated last night, “I am still in the race for Hoima District chairman. Today, I was called to come and attend the district NRM delegates’ conference because I am the district vice chairman of the NRM. But when I reached the venue, I was taken aback by the fact that the conference had turned into a rally, and the conference itself did not take place.” He added, “They [NRM leaders] requested that I step down, a request which I declined. I remain an independent candidate in the race.”
Campaigns for the election, which began on September 1, will conclude on September 12.