Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has Tuesday announced withdrawal of their candidate Lilian Babirye Kamome from the Kyadondo East by-elections.
This was announced by the party President Norbert Mao during the party’s weekly press conference, more about noting that the decision was taken to foster unity of the opposition so as to retain the seat.
Kyadondo East seat fell vacant after Court nullified the election of the FDC candidate, page Apollo Kantinti on grounds that some election results were never considered while declaring his victory.
Mao said that with about two weeks left to the polls, ambulance the battle seems to be between non-NRM candidates, which has sparked a lot of friendly fires that might consume the opposition.
“Given that by-elections attract a lower electoral turn up and that the NRM takes advantage of the poverty and hopelessness of the voters by offering financial and material inducements, divisions among the non NRM candidates plays out in favor of the NRM candidate,” Mao said.
It was therefore imperative, he noted, to dissolve the secondary contradictions between the non-NRM candidates in order to face the NRM as a united front.
“Not only will the fight demoralize the democratic seeking forces nationwide, but given successive losses by opposition parties in the recent by-elections, it will mean that the opposition parties are incapable of finding common ground and overcoming the fragmentation that has afflicted them for over one decade.”
Mao said after consultations with key party leaders and the candidate, the party asked Kamome to step down to which she has agreed.
“We have taken the decision with a painful and a heavy heart. We have done it because we believe the party is bigger than individuals and the country is bigger than parties; we believe that the decision will be pivotal given the narrow victory always achieved in by-elections.”
“Our gesture is intended to allow serious talks among the democracy seeking forces that should enable us to arrive at a consensus. We are giving this effort exactly 24 hours and by tomorrow at noon, regardless of what comes out of the talks, DP will make an official announcement on the way forward on Kyadondo East by-elections.”