- Late MP Abiriga and his brother were killed as they headed home in Kampala
- The Electoral commission is carrying out civic education and display of voter register that have been pinned at all the polling stations in the municipality
- The people of the municipality will go to the polls on August 15
- The voting pattern in the cosmopolitan municipality, is mainly decided based on the religious and ethnic background, with the bulk of the votes coming in from River Oli Division
Arua. Today, the residents of the town woke up with loud music ringing around the town as the candidates mobilized their voters.
The town was noisy with candidates preferring to start their procession from River Oli Division and drive through the Avenue road to the police grounds where nominations were taking place.
The activities of the candidates paralysed businesses as the avenue street was jam-packed with supporters of each candidate. Mr Kassiano Wadri started it all at around 10:45 am when he drove through the town in his roof top car. He had the band from Emmanuel Cathedral that led the procession while in the middle of the supporters followed a truck mounted with speakers with booming music that drove people from offices and shops to come out and catch a glimpse of the candidate.
The drive took over 30 minutes to reach the nomination grounds as agitated supporters were then barred from entering the ground. Only the ten people escorting Wadri were allowed inside the nomination ground. After he was nominated, he addressed the press, where he outlined some of his manifesto.
Wadri said: “The youth need vocational training where skills once imparted, would enable them to become economically independent. These youths can join carpentry and joinery, plumbing, motor mechanics, tailoring and others. I also need to connect the women groups to start economically viable activities.”
Kassiano Wadri after he was nominated today. Photo by Felix
As the quest for the municipality to become a City is getting slowed down, Wadri said this would be his priority to push for it. “I will need to work with the local government leadership to make sure that the municipality is expanded so that we can have a larger city,” he said.
Wadri was supported by former Arua district Woman MP, Ms Christine Abia. After Wadri was nominated, the FDCs Musema Bruce then again snaked through from Oli division following the same route. He was accompanied by FDC President, Mr Patrick Amuriat and UPC stalwart, Mr Nandala Mafabi, Obongi County MP Mr Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, Mr Ekanya and the FDC women league leaders. The UPC also threw their weight behind Musema as they have officially announced their support for him.
The two candidates then drove through from police ground to Mvara then came out of Weatherhead park lane and headed to Awindiri ward in Arua Hill Division to market themselves.
So far the Electoral Commission District Registrar, Ms Ruth Angom, declared Mr Kassiano Wadri (Independent), Mr Francis Elton Nyero (Independent), Mr Musema Bruce (FDC) and Mr Jaffar Alekua (Independent) and Mr Alfred Nyakuni (Independent), a popular radio presenter and a comedian as duly nominated candidates.
Mr Alfred Nyakuni on top of tipper lorry. Photo by Felix
Then Jaffar Alekua also mobilized a group of youths who also escorted him for the nominations. Then followed the little known Elton Nyero, who had a handful of supporters.
In the afternoon, saw the radio presenter turn-politician, Alfred Nyakuni (Nyaks) got nominated. He was then driven while seated on a tipper lorry with some supporters and his banner widely seen afar.
Ms Nusura Tiperu, the NRM flag bearer will be nominated tomorrow at 2 Pm together with other candidates.
As the race progresses, the NRM flag bearer, Ms Nusura Tiperu who was elected on Wednesday is expected to be nominated tomorrow (Friday).
Already, those who failed in NRM primaries, like Mr Jackson Atima and Mr Swadik Angupale, who are dissatisfied with the primary election results, said they would go on independent.