KAMPALA – The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has called upon all Ugandans to refrain from violence and keep peaceful in the forthcoming general elections.
Sekandi made the remarks after defeating two other contestants in the NRM party primaries for Bukoto Central in Masaka district to seek reelection for the sixth term.
“We need to be peaceful at all times since we belong to the same communities as brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, among other kin and kith,” Ssekandi said adding that he will also serve those who didn’t queue for him, without prejudice and discrimination.
He urged all NRM loyalists to direct all their efforts towards the forthcoming national presidential and parliamentary elections urging them to listen to their divergent views in order to forge a formidable force in enhancing the party in the 2021 general elections.
In the just concluded NRM primaries, Ssekandi emerged winner in Bukoto Central with 9,580 votes defeating Fredrick Ddembe Luswata who scored 4,889 and Godfrey Sseremba Mayanja who garnered 2,377 votes according to the official results,
Luswata however rejected the poll results saying the election was marred by widespread manipulation of the electoral processes. The party local leadership and electoral commission were also faulted for failure to ensure fair competition for all candidates.
Ssekandi has been instrumental in lobbying for Kyanamukaaka and Kyesiga where he represents in parliament no wonder the people of Bukoto Central gave him their mandate. Most recent was the Okuddiza Guba Mwoyo campaign earlier this year by a one Jamiru Kivumbi that saw the legislator offering scholarships, fees and scholastic materials to a number of youths in the area.
The former speaker of the Ugandan parliament seeks his sixth elective five-year term to represent Bukoto Central in parliament where he was first elected as a Constitutional Assembly delegate in 1994.