Naggayi confirmed in a phone interview that she was seeking the NUP ticket but did not give details as she hung up when asked if this means that she had officially joined NUP and hence ditched her party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
The move comes barely two months after the legislator was denied the FDC ticket to contest for the same position. Naggayi, had in July sought the FDC ticket but was blocked by the party Electoral Commission over missing the nomination deadline. Later FDC unveiled incumbent lord mayor Erias Lukwago as its candidate.
Earlier this week, NUP opened applications for the position of Kampala mayor after Abdulatif Sebaggala Sengendo who had been successfully nominated for the position withdrew in favour of Lukwago.
Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon who had competed with Sebaggala for the NUP flag has now asked NUP to give him the ticket. However, the party said their legal department had advised them to open up the position again application.
Mugonza explains that after NUP vetted Sebaggala and Mayanja on September 17, 2020, before results of the process were pronounced, Sebaggala withdrew leaving only Mayanja. He, however, says NUP went ahead and declared Sebaggala a winner of the ticket despite him telling them he was no longer interested in the process.
Now Mugonza says that to them, Mayanja is the rightful person for the ticket and that if denied, they shall seek redress in the courts of law. He also insinuates that Mayanja would stand even without a NUP ticked.