After failing to secure the National Unity Platform-NUP party flag, the Lubaga North Member of Parliament, Moses Kasibante, says his will run as an independent candidate.
Kasibante, who has been serving as an Independent legislator recently joined NUP that is led by the Busiro East Member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alongside 10 other MP from the Democratic Party with the hope of securing the party flag.
However, the NUP candidate’s vetting committee handed the Lubaga North MP flag to the incumbent, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Speaker, Abubaker Kawalya.
On Saturday afternoon, Kasibante told journalists at a media briefing at Georgina hotel in Lubya, Masanafu in Lubaga that he will run as an Independent candidate despite the fact that he remains a committed member of the people power movement.
He said the criteria used to hand the NUP flag to Kawalya is contestable, which has prompted him to run as an independent.
Kasibante revealed that he will continue using the NUP logo and colours since he is still a party member and supports the candidature of the NUP principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu for the presidency.
NUP Spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi told Pearl fm that it is within Kasibante’s mandate to contest as an independent but it is their wish that independents step down for the flag bearers to avoid splitting their votes.
He said Kasibante can no longer use the party logo since he is not the official representative of the party. Both Kasibante and Kawalya will face off with NRM’s Betti Olive Kamya.