The aspiring Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Cedric Babu Ndilima has chided Kampala’s political leadership for abandoning the electorate, something that he said is to blame for the rampant joblessness and poverty.
He made these remarks shortly after being nominated at the Electoral Commission’s Ntinda based offices on Thursday October 15, 2020.
Speaking to ChimpReports today, Babu, who faces a gigantic task of ousting the incumbent Muhammad Nsereko, criticized the city leaders for paying no attention to the needs of the people who voted them into power once the elections are done.
“First of all, there has been a complete disconnection between the community and leadership over the last few years. So really what we are trying to do, myself and my team, is bridge that gap and empower the community. We have 145 villages so we have to try and focus,” he pointed out.
“We need better representation in Parliament, we have to look at the issues that affect the people and stand up to the challenges we have been facing, because we have a big issue with unemployment. We have to look at things like job creation, create businesses. Government is not the only source, local government is also a big source but we also need to attract corporate Ugandans into CSR activities,” Babu further stated.
On the other hand, National Unity Platform’s Abubaker Kawalya publicly intimated that theirs is a struggle to end President Yoweri Museveni’s rule and that a constituency seat is a mere stepping stone.
This, Kawalya said, is the reason as to why he has allegedly been on “the Government list for a fortnight” and NUP’s Kamwokya offices were ransacked yesterday.
NUP’s Shamim Malende arriving at Electoral Commission’s Ntinda Offices on October 15 2020.“Government is so scared to the extent that it’s using its machinery and some of our colleagues who we presume to be in the same struggle with us to ensure that Kawalya is not nominated. Military and Police are guarding my Kawaala home,” he explicitly claimed.
Whereas the nominations were largely peaceful, Chimp Reports understands that a number of NUP supporters wearing paraphernalia resembling Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) fatigue were arrested.
One of the People Power supporters who was arrested for wearing a red beret.Also, the party’s Kampala Woman MP Aspirant Shamim Malende had to bolt back to town after the passport photo she had presented was rejected by EC’s Presiding Officer Fredrick Muwaya on grounds that red berets were prohibited.