All is set for the election of leaders of the Ugandan Community in California which has attracted vibrant contestation from Eric Kalungi and Elijah Rukidi-Mpuuga who are vying for the position of Secretary to the organization.
Last evening, the youthful Kalungi an IT expert and Social Media influencer surprised many community members after putting up a good debate against the incumbent Elijah Rukidi an International Lawyer and Political activist.
This was during a town hall meeting organized by the Ugandan Community Organization in California (UCOC) Electoral Commission moderated by David Kabukuru and Maclyn Kamuhangi.
Kalungi noted that on top of his constitutional roles, he will champion for UCOC Mobile App which platform will ease membership growth and work as a Digital Resource Center to notify members with pertinent information such as Job and Education opportunities as well as generating income to the organization.
“I plan on opening Clubs that are dedicated towards mentoring the Youth in our community. I will take Quarterly Accountability to our community as mandated by the constitution,” Kalungi said.
When asked whether he will be free to work with Kampala government, Kalungi unlike Rukidi said that he will be much willing and will use the opportunity to convince government to have a consulate in California.
“We should all be united as a community, we should not allow to be divided across political lines, we are all Ugandans and must advance for our well being here in California,” Kalungi said.
On his part, Kalungi promised to push for the rule of law and constitutionalism within the community as well as furthering his previous achievements as UCOC Secretary General.
According to a statement issued by Hudson Joloba, the Election Committee chairman, the elections of the executive board will be held at Jalliz Cusine of East Africa, 14747 Kitridge Street, Van Nuys CA 91405 on Saturday June 26 between 9:00AM—6:00PM, local time.
Joloba will preside over the polling process alongside other UCOC election Commissioners; Ishaah Kawooya, Secretary, Hajat Jalia Nagawa Walusimbi, Treasurer and Daniel Abaho, Commissioner.
The elections have attracted other candidates including; the incumbent President, Susan Kwezirawho stands unopposed after other candidates Catherine Namara and Florence Clay Ssemanda dropped out of the race.
For Vice President, Steven Osita an events promoter and social influencer will face off with Pastor Joseph Mbaaga, a Co-pastor of Alpha Restoration Ministries Church one of the largest born-again churches in California and Ssekajjugo Bukombe, a successful businessman.
Cosmos Ojara, a pilot and an IT Security Expert is campaigning to be association treasurer.
California is the second biggest Ugandan Community after Boston Massachusetts State.