The electoral commission has asked Uganda’s only female presidential aspirant, Faith Maureen Kyalya, after finding fault with her nomination papers.
“Unfortunately Kyalya the only woman in the race can’t be nominated until her issues are rectified before 4pm,” Sam Rwakojo, the Secretary of Uganda Electoral Commission, said.
According to EC technical team, Kyalya’s papers show different names.
Her identity card shows Maureen Kyalya Walube while her academic documents show Faith Maureen Kyalya.
Kyala explained that her name changed when she got married hence the Walube name that appears on her national identity card.
EC asked her to go back and get a statutory declaration before 4pm when the exercise will be closing.
Who is Kyala?
Maureen Kyalya, a former senior presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in Busoga in February 2015 announced she would run for president in the 2016 elections.She went to United Kingdom last year after resigning her position at State House citing harassment.
Kyalya told The Observer in February that she would not have declared her bid if Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga had ‘not shied away’ from the presidential race.
Kyalya joined the NRM from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in February 2012.
Before that, she had run on the FDC ticket in the 2011 election for the Jinja Woman MP seat, which she lost to NRM’s Agnes Nabirye in court.
Kyalya who now says she is neither NRM nor FDC told the newspaper back in the year that she was planning to register her own new political party, the African Restoration Party (ARP).
She felt out with government after supporting Prince Columbus Wambuzi against the eventual Kyabazinga of Busoga, Gabula Nadiope IV.