With just two weeks to the polling day, the opposition is in panic after the joint candidate for the Kaabong Woman Member of Parliament seat decided to pull out of the race. Adyaka Nalibe had been nominated on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket, and she had the backing of People Power and other opposition groups.
Nalibe penned a letter to the electoral commission on 9th September, in which she informed the commission of her exit from the race. She accused the FDC party of neglecting her during the campaigns and making empty promises to her.
“This notice is hereby made to unequivocally withdraw my candidature from the race and I don’t wish to contest in the aforementioned position and that my name should be struck off the list of nominated candidates to contest for the position of Kaabong District Woman Member of Parliament,” she wrote.
Reports from Kaabong indicate that Nalibe, who was a front runner in the race, met with NRM officials who offered her an unidentified sum of money. She was also promised a juicy job if she quit the race. The NRM is strong in Kaabong and officials felt that losing to the opposition in a by-election would open up the district to the opposition. Our source said that Nalibe accepted the offer and agreed to quit the race.
Nalibe’s withdrawal means that the NRM candidate Ms Christine Tubo Nakwang wins the election unopposed. Kaabong District woman MP seat fell vacant after Ms Lily Akello crossed to the newly created Karenga District in July this year.