By Spy Uganda
Kamuli: The Kamuli MP race that seemed to be loose after death of famous candidate and incumbent Rehema Tiwuwe Watongola’s, has again caught fire as the deceased’s daughter Baroda Kayanga Watongola, has been nominated to replace her mother as Kamuli Municipality MP.
The 27 year old Kayanga who is a finalist student of Community Based Rehabilitation at Kyambogo University, came to be nominated after her family decided not to quit the race for the deceased’s rivals hence asking her to declare her bid which they said would give joy to her late mother.
The bid was announced during MP Watongola’s funeral on November 16, and declared to hold her mother’s seat in the 11th Parliament so that she can accomplish the late’s agenda.
Watongola, family members revealed that Kamuli voters were strongly demanding that a candidate from the family be presented to them to stand in Watongola’s place whom they praised for her effective services to the voters.
Kayanga was nominated on Tuesday by the Kamuli district returning officer, Kenneth Kayabwe. Having been her mother’s political assistant, Kayanga promised to emulate her legacy and triumph in next year’s elections.
“I was working alongside mother and would not sit back as her legacy is watered down by self-seekers who lack a proper development agenda for this new municipality,” she said.
Kayanga further pledged to promote girl-child education, advocacy for women’s timely access to maternal health and women empowerment through recapitalizing their small scale enterprises.
Political leaders in Kamuli district note that Kayanga is expected to earn a sympathy vote following Watongola’s politics of humility and tolerance despite provocation from her opponents from both within the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and other opposition political parties.
Kayanga will contest against the NRM’s Mastula Namatovu, National Unity Platform (NUP’s) Moses Bigirwa and Godfrey Mugoya, an independent candidate.