According to Fredrick Muwaya, the Kampala district returning officer, the exercise, that started at 9 am on Thursday ended slightly after 5;30 pm, was largely successful. He says that more than 70 people had booked appointments with the Electoral Commission to be nominated on day-one of the exercise.
But four of these were left out by the time the exercise ended and were advised to report tomorrow. An additional 20 aspirants have been booked for nomination on the second day of the exercise.
A few aspirants failed to meet the requirements and were sent away. Muwaya said that the Electoral Commission was very clear on the use of attires or headgear which connotes anything to do with political affiliation.
Nominations will resume Friday at 9:00 am to 5 pm.
The others are Independent candidates Dennis Kiyingi, Derrick Lufunya and Denis Mbidde. On Friday, five more candidates are expected to be nominated. They are JEEMA’s Kifampa Siraje Nsambu and independent candidates, Mugga Adam Swift, Mpiima Jamir Ssenoga, Kayemba Micheal Oscar and Samuel Walter Lubega.
They include Forum for Democratic Change's (FDC) Stella Nyanzi, NUP's Shamim Malende, and NRM’s Faridah Nambi Kigongo. The others are Alliance for National Transformation’s (ANT) Aisha Nabasirye and Fatumah Mubiru for Justice Forum (JEEMA) and independent Evelyn Kasiri Kent. Only Rebecca Robinah Namugwanya, another independent candidate is due to be nominated on Friday.
Nyanzi says she has been tested over time and that she will speak truth to power. According to Nyanzi, parliament needs people who are committed and not those that are absent all the time.
Malende says that it’s unfortunate that she was sent back to get photos without a red beret, but thanks God she finally managed to get nominated after bringing new photos. She says she will stand for the people of Kampala and ensure that the city is transformed.
On her part, Nabasirye says that there is a big gap in representation in Kampala and she hopes to fill that gap. She says that she is a local woman from the slums of Kampala and she is better placed to lead Kampala as a woman MP.
The current Woman MP for Kampala is Nabilah Naggayi has opted to stand as lord mayor on the NUP party ticket after switching from FDC.