By our reporter
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze and former Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo have conceded defeat after failing to unite Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and JEEMA ahead of the parliamentary election in the newly created Bugiri Municipality.
Nambooze and Kyanjo were recently tasked to mediate between the two opposition parties in order to get one contestant representing the two parties.
FDC and JEEMA have both fronted candidates in the race, Eunice Namatende for the former and, Asuman Basalirwa for the latter; after their hope to agree on a single candidate hit a snag.
The two mediators while addressing a press in Kampala acknowledged that their failure to unite the two sides was likely to play to the advantage of the ruling NRM party, whose candidate John Francis Oketcho was nominated yesterday along with all the five candidates in the race.
Nambooze said when she was contacted together with Kyanjo by Dr Kizza Besigye for mediation, she decided to do it silently, and hoped that a middle ground would be reached soon.
According to Nambooze, and Kyanjo, the mediation team drew a number of plans, aimed at finding which one of the two candidates was stronger.
“Unfortunately we failed to unite the two sides to focus on one candidate,” said Nambooze.
However, Kyango stressed out that the Bugiri difference should not divert the opposition from the common good.
The election is scheduled to take place on 10 July, 2018.