Election Watch

2021 Election Watch: FDC’s Wanyoto Declared flag bearer for Mbale City’s Northern Division MP seat

City lawyer Paul Wanyoto Mugoya on Sunday, August 16, 2020, won the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party primaries for the Northern City Division parliamentary seat in Mbale City.

Mr Wanyoto, who is a brother to the NRM women’s league chairperson Lydia Wanyoto, was declared the FDC flag bearer after defeating three others, including current Bungokho North MP Sizomu Gershom Wambedde.

Mr Wanyoto got 66 votes while Gershom Wambedde managed only 13 votes. Mr Ronnie Gidudu secured 2 votes and Swalleh Mafabi, a businessman, who got no vote.

Mr Wanyoto, who has been a member of NRM, pledged fresh beginnings.

“I now belong to the FDC party and I come with new beginnings, fresh ideas and energy. I come with experience of knowing legislation because I am a lawyer by profession,” he added.

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However, Sizomu who lost the polls announced that he has quit the party and vowed to run as an independent in the forthcoming elections.

“The election was not free and fair. The names of the delegates from the six sub-counties were deleted from the register. This has left me with no option but to contest as an independent,” he said.

The said six sub-counties include Namanyonyi, Nakaloke town council, Nakaloke, Lwaso, Bukonde and Namabasa. The sub-counties were curved from Bunghokho North to constitute the new constituency.

However, Mr Boniface Bamwenda, the chairman of the Electoral commission for the FDC party, said the election was free and fair.

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Mr Wanyoto will however wait to tussle it with other NRM candidates after the party primaries. They include Amb. Charles Wagidoso Madibo, Mr Umar Nangoli, Mr Ahmed Wafuba, Mr Ssezi Wambedde.

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