KAMPALA — The State Minister Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi has Sunday April 4, stormed out of the Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga as National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu got to the podium to address mourners of fallen Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Nakiwala who declined to speak to reporters on why she walked out is a victim of a stunning wave that saw cabinet and state ministers from Buganda defeated by opposition candidates, in particular those from Kyagulanyi’s NUP.
The budding party, especially swept the central region that includes the capital, Kampala in a development that saw over 30 NRM MPs including Nakiwala and her husband Bbosa Kiyingi lose their seats, largely to candidates from NUP.
NUP won upto 58 seats in the new parliament, up from zero in the previous parliament. Many ruling party lawmakers lost their races.
Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi ended up cursing her own tongue for losing to Veronica Nanyondo, of NUP.
During Museveni’s campaign meeting in Masaka, the minister, in wanting to please Museveni, described Mr. Wine as a drug addict who cannot be voted for by anyone in Masaka.
Realising it was a mistake, she attempted to reach out to Mr. Wine but failed. The same fate befell Nakiwala’s colleagues in Kyotera and Kalungu districts, where attempts to change results fell flat.
Microfinance state minister Harunah Kyeyune Kasolo ran a violent campaign, sometimes using his military guards to terrorise opposition supporters, but lost the parliamentary seat to DP’s John Paul Mpalanyi Lukwago. Musician Geoffrey Lutaaya (NUP) capitalized on intrigue within the ruling party to beat Christopher Kalemba in Kakuuto as 25-year-old Fortunate Rose Nantongo claimed her late mother, Robinah Ssentongo’s seat.
She defeated Kasolo’s associate and NRM flag bearer, Rachael Nakitende. In Kalungu East, Agriculture minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja lost to NUP’s Francis Katabaazi Katongole who relocated to the constituency only after realizing that Ronald Evans Kanyike stood a better chance than he did in Bukoto East.