By Frederick Kiwanuka
Luwero woman MP Brenda Nabukenya has said she is considering petitioning court over the results of last Week’s election, in which she lost the seat to the NRM flag bearer Lillian Nakate.
The Thursday election saw the Democratic Party losing its short lived grip of the Luweero woman MP seat, after the party candidate Brenda Nabukenya was defeated by NRM’s Lillian Nakate.
Nakate a political novice and an engineer by profession garnered 56,573 votes to beat DP’s Brenda Nabukenya with 53,558 votes.
The five-woman race also included; Katangaaza who stood on an FDC ticket, Elsie Namagambe who stood as a DP candidate of the Erias Lukwago faction and Proscovia Namansa who was an independent candidate.
Citing anomalies in the tallying of the results which were announced on Saturday afternoon, Nabukenya said she was considering petitioning court over anomalies in the tallying of the results which placed her second after NRM’s Nakate.
The Luweero District DP Chairman, who is also one of Nabukenya’s lawyers said on Monday that they were reviewing the various election anomalies in readiness to seek court to redress for their client as soon as Nakate’s election is gazetted.
In Katikamu North, incumbent MP and Minister Abraham Byandaala retained the seat after getting 17,931 votes while his closest rival in the five man race, DP’s Jasper Aligawesa got 9448 votes.
Edward Sembatya, a former Accountant in parliament who stood on NRM ticket, won the Katikamu South seat to replace former Attorney General Kiddu Makubuya who was ejected at last year’s party primaries level.
In Bamunanika, State Minister for Education, J.C.Muyingo retained the seat after scoring a landslide.
Who is Nabukenya?
She is an opposition activist, and former Kyambogo University Guild President, Nabukenya took the Luweero political stage by storm when she initially stood in Katikamu North during the February 2011 parliamentary elections, losing to NRM’s Abraham Byandaala.
Nabukenya came to national limelight in mid-2011, when she and other opposition activists held a mock 73rd birthday party for President Museveni, in Kampala, before they were dispersed and arrested by the police.
Nabukenya took advantage of a November 2011 Luwero District woman MP bye-election to win her way into parliament after trouncing the then incumbent Rebecca Nalwanga.
Nabukenya, who is relatively a novice on the Luweero political scene, had become a household name, especially in her home Katikamu North constituency and in major towns.
Campaigning on the opposition platform of bringing change, the interactive and eloquent Nabukenya had become crowd puller; especially in towns where the majority needy urban poor blame their financial woes on the NRM government.