KAMPALA – The battle lines between the ruling NRM and the opposition are slowly being drawn for the 2021 elections. In many constituencies, incumbent MPs are worried about those who have made their intentions to replace them public and are finding ways of having them out of the race, one of which is buying them off.
On Saturday 19, Mawokota North 2021 MP hopeful Hillary Kiyaga popularly known as Dr. Hilderman took to his social media platforms revealing how he’s receiving calls from his opponent trying to convince him to trade his political values.
“Stop calling me; use the Shs700 million offer to empower Mawokotanians. I am not for sale Nyabo, Mujooga #sentemuziryeekyokolamukimanyi,” Dr Hilderman said in a post.
The Mazongoto singer did not however go into detail of who exactly is calling him much as it is assumed that it could highly be Amelia Kyambadde the only female contender in the race who he is referring to as ‘Nyabo’ in the post.
Dr Hilderman who subscribes to Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu’s National Unity Platform party is aspiring to oust incumbent Mawokota North MP, Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde.
The two (Kiyaga and Kyambadde) were friends that have now politically turned enemies.
In 2010, Kyambadde paid generously for Hilderman’s album launch, named after her, and she went on to use the song (Amelia) in her rallies while campaigning in the 2011 elections.
Since declaring his intentions to stand, Hilderman accuses Kyambadde of always making empty promises to her constituents simply to win votes.
“I feel offended when the voice of a Mawokota voter is not felt on the floor of Parliament. The only times I see my MP say a word is when she is asked about ministry business”, Hilderman said in an interview recently.
The Mawokota North parliamentary seat race has Kyambadde (NRM), Kiyaga (NUP) and Kampala-based lawyer David Tebusweke on the Democratic Party ticket
Tebusweke has contested for the Mawokota seat thrice (2001, 2006 and 2011) and lost on all occasions.
Dr. Hilderman, who is a therapist by profession, started singing in 2002 and had his first hit, Mazongoto, in 2006, which pushed him higher on the local music charts. The singer was also not left behind in the wave of politics that hit the Ugandan music industry.