Ssebagala told journalists on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 that the decision has been made with the interests of the party and Opposition in general at heart.
“I have taken this decision in the best interest of the wider opposition and also given the fact that we have many conflicting interests as NUP …I apologise to all Ugandans and to all those who have put their trust in me,” he added.
Ssebagala’s withdrawal comes days after he was given the NUP flag over singer Jose Chameleone.
Towards the end of the year, he said he had now opted to return to Kawempe North which he has represented since 2001. Two months ago, he said he would not run for the mayorship but last week, he announced that he had chosen to stand for EALA elections. He returned to the Mayoral race and again has abandoned it.
NUP announced over the weekend that it had selected Ssebagala because, among other things, he has name recognition, is an experienced politician, and is loyal to the party head, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Mayanja on the other hand was said to have questionable academic documents while his political experience was lacking.
Yet Mayanja, who had already started laying the ground for the race and had opened a campaign office for the same is not willing to go down without a fight.
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