Singer Mathias Walukagga has been nominated as one of the candidates to contest for the leadership of Kyengera town council.
Walukagga was nominated at Wakiso District Electoral Commission offices on Thursday afternoon by the Deputy District Returning Officer Prossy Banura. He was accompanied by a section of his supporters, who however were prevented from crowding the place as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19.
The kadongokamu artist who was nominated on the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket said that he has chosen politics to implement the development programs he has all along been singing about but were neglected by those in leadership.
“The things I have been singing about are real and I am sure they can be implemented for the betterment of our community,” Walukagga said as the police escorted him from the Electoral Commission offices where people had started gathering around him.
Meanwhile, the police were forced to use tear gas and live bullets to disperse the crowds that had turned up to witness the nomination of NRM’s Fredson Mukalazi who is contesting for the Wakiso Town Council chair.
Although the guidelines issued by the commission allow only three people to escort a candidate to the nomination desk as seconders, a group of about 60 people had followed Mukalazi to the centre which is not far away from Wakiso Central Market.
The group was chanting songs of praise to their candidate, an act which the police termed as inciting the supporters of other candidates who had also turned up for the same exercise at the same time. Mukalazi is facing Simon Ssettimba Nsobya of the National Unity Platform, Kironde Samuel Bwogi from the Democratic Party and Ofwono Leonard who is contesting as an independent candidate.