KAMPALA – Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi has confirmed that he will not seek re-election as Igara West MP in the 2021 elections.
Magyezi became popular when he sponsored the Private Member’s Bill that was passed to remove the presidential age limit in 2017.
But the minister, while appearing on a radio station in Bushenyi District at the weekend, said he will not stand in 2021 but will consider coming again in the future.
Magyezi hailed the people of Igara West for supporting him and promised to pass onto someone who is willing to take over because he has completed what he promised them.
“We don’t want enmity in our constituency. If you find someone that segregates in religion, kindly do not vote for him. I am a catholic but I built churches and mosques,” he said.
Magyezi also denied media reports that he opted out after learning that Kasambya County MP Gafa Mbwatekamwa was shifting his political base to Igara County West, his birth place, to contest against Magyezi.
Mbwatekamwa last week picked nomination forms from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party to contest for the seat where he is already a registered voter.
“You reporters who are reporting that I have quit the race because of pressure, where do you get them from, I have not been nominated anywhere, I have not made posters and nobody has been nominated yet, my statement is clear am not going to stand for elections this time,” Magyezi said.