The Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) candidate in the Kaabong District Woman MP race has pulled out, just two weeks to polling day on September 26, 2019.
“This notice is hereby made to unequivocally withdraw my candidature from the race and I don’t wish to contest in the aforementioned position and that my name should be struck off the list of nominated candidates to contest for the position of Kaabong District Woman Member of Parliament,” Ms Adyaka Nalibe’s September 9th withdrawal letter, reads in part.
She accused the FDC party of neglecting her during the campaigns and making empty promises to her.
“Since I started campaigning, my party has not been helpful to me. I only received Shs500,000 as support fund from them. Even my campaign posters have not been delivered, so I don’t have money to proceed,” Ms Nalibe told this reporter in a telephone interview on Monday.
Ms Nalibe said she had her strategies well laid, and that FDC party was going to win the election for the first time in Kaabong.
Mr Linos Lima the Karamoja regional elections officer acknowledge receipt of the withdrawal letter from Ms Nalibe, but said it lacked authenticity from her party.
“Yes we have received her letter to quit the race, but we are waiting the communication from her party because she was nominated by FDC party,” he said.
The efforts to get a comment from Mr Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson were futile as repeated calls from this reporter went unanswered.
Ms Nalibe’s withdrawal means that the NRM candidate Ms Christine Tubo Nakwang wins the election unopposed.
Kaabong District woman MP seat fell vacant after Ms Lily Akello crossed to the newly created Karenga District in July this year.