KAABONG – Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate for the Kaabong Woman MP seat has withdrawn from the race just two weeks to the elections.
Ms Adyaka Nalibe the FDC flag bearer for the Woman Member of Parliament for Kaabong district in her withdrawal letter dated; September 9, writes;
“Reference is made to the above and thus addresses you as hereunder. I was duly nominated by your office on the 28th of August 2019 to contest for the position of the District Woman Member of Parliament for Kaabong district,” reads an excerpt from the letter.
“This notice is hereby made to unequivocally withdraw my candidature from the race and I don’t wish to contest in the aforementioned position and that my name should be struck off the list/news of nominated candidates to contest for the position of Kaabong district woman Member of Parliament,” Ms Adyaka elaborates in the letter.
“This notice is made pursuant to section 19(1) and 19(2) of the parliamentary be lections 2005. I have further accompanied my withdrawal with three signatures of registered voters for my constituency who have witnessed my withdrawal,” the letter reads on.
It was also copied to the Electoral Commission Chairman.
When contacted by PML Daily to confirm her withdrawal from the race and what made her to withdraw, Ms Adyaka accused her FDC party of neglecting her.
She said the party had left her to struggle alone and only made empty promises of financial support which never came to fruition.
“Since I started campaigning, my party has not been helpful to me what I only got from my party is the support of UGX 500,000 only and even my campaigning posters have not been brought from Kampala so I don’t have money to proceed with the campaign,” she lamented.
According to Ms. Adyaka, she had made a good plan and was hopeful that for the first time FDC was going to win elections in Kaabong.
The efforts to get a comment from Ibrahim Ssemujju the FDC spokesperson failed after our several calls went unanswered.
Mr. Linos Lima the Karamoja Regional Elections Officer confirmed that the Electoral Commission received Ms Adyaka’s withdrawal letter but said it lacked authenticity from her party.
“Yes we have received her letter to quit the race but we are waiting for the communication from her party because she was nominated by her party,” he said.
Kaabong District Woman Member of Parliament seat fell vacant after Ms Lily Akello crossed to the newly-created Karenga district.
They were two candidates; Ms Adyaka of FDC and Ms Christine Tubo Nakwang of NRM and this might lead Nakwang to be announced unopposed.
The elections for the vacant Kaabong seat will take place on September 26, 2019.