By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Veteran politician Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, one of the top Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) stalwarts, is shedding buckets of tears after she was trounced in the recently concluded Lubaga Division mayoral elections by National Unity Platform’s little known Zachary Mawula Mberaze.
In the elections held Monday, Mberaze scored 37,652 votes while Ssebugwawo garnered 25,718 votes.
According to NUP activists around greater Kampala, Ssebugawo was voted out because she had earlier on been faulted for allegedly having used her connections at the Mengo owned CBS FM radio to frustrate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s presidential bid.
We have since learnt that whereas Ssebugwawo is brooding over the loss, several NUP supporters started celebrating when they learnt that Mberaze had defeated one of the most respected FDC leaders from Buganda.
Pleasantly surprised by the results, some started bragging that NUP was clearly the strongest political party in Buganda as evidenced by its landslide victories in the region and the fact that an underdog candidate like NUP’s Mberaze can defeat a well-established candidate like Ssebugawo, who is known to enjoy a close relationship with Kabaka Ronald Mutebi and Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda.
Besides Ssebugwawo and Mberaze, other candidates in the race were Mahad Kawesa, of the National Resistance Movement who got 8,075 votes, Mayanja Ssemogerere Ashraf, an Independent candidate who scored 2,390 and Angela Kigonya Namyalo of the Democratic Party (DP) who got 1,476 votes.
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