KAMPALA – As the clock ticks to the much anticipated Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections slated for Thursday (tomorrow), Mityana North Member of Parliament Godfrey Kiwanda and NRM strongman and party chairperson for Kayunga district Moses Karangwa have rallied voters for the position of vice-chairperson for Central region.
Kiwanda in his characteristic husky voice recounted his formative years growing up in the Luwero triangle and his sojourn with the Arrow Boys in Teso sub-region. The Arrow Boys was a militia group formed in 2003 to boost efforts of the UPDF to flash the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels out of Teso sub-region.
“I come from the Luweero Triangle, an area that birthed this revolution. I am a former Arrow Boy in Teso sub-region and former RDC of Kabong,” the legislator said.
“I headed President Museveni’s campaigns in all the districts of Buganda in the previous general election and I come here with experience, intergrity and loyalty,” he said.
Kiwanda said he stands for ideological continuity of the party and that for the last 20 years, Mityana North, the constituency he represents in Parliament has been painted yellow.
“For the time I have served NRM, I have never been found wanting, from lifting term limits in 2003 to the constitutional amendment of 2019,” he said.
Karangwa who arrived late for the occasion slammed his opponents for trying to use ethnicity to attract sympathy among CEC voters.
“I stand to fight selfish propaganda built on tribal chauvinism with the aim of winning sympathy of voters. There are people saying Karangwa is not a Muganda and so on and so forth,” he said.
Karangwa said that since childhood, he has been an NRM mobiliser and has been fighting for the party.
Karangwa was an NRM chairperson in Busoga for 10 years before shifting to Kayunga where he is the current party chairperson.
Others contesting for the position include Twaha Kiganda Sonko, the NRM chairman Kalungu district and chairman NRM district chairpersons form in uganda, businessman Moses Mayengo and John Magalo.