The incumbent Member of Parliament for Bukonjo county West constituency and Minister of Defence Dr. Crispus Kiyonga is facing a fight of his life thanks to the fierce campaign waged against him by his nephew.
Justus Capson Sausi has refused to quit the race for his uncle Kiyonga, whom he accuses of overstaying in power.
Sausi says he supported his uncle since he contested in the Constitution Delegates Assembly in 1989 but has hang on to the seat up to today.
Like many of Kiyonga’s opponents, Sausi says that Bukonjo west needs fresh ideas from new people.
“Honorable Kiyonga has held this seat for long enough now and most Bakonjo now agree that his time is up,” Sausi said.
But the relatives for the duo fear for Kiyonga’s job and have put pressure on Sausi to quit. In fact they suspect Kiyonga could disown Sausi.
To make matters worse, two university dons with equal chances have also entered the race to challenge for the seat.
Godfrey Katusabe of Makerere University is standing on the FDC ticket while Johnson Baluku of Kampala International University is standing on the independent ticket.
Rating his chances in the face of the new competition, Dr. Kiyonga’s Political Assistant Festo Baluku however told The Sunrise that Sausi is a joker who should not give Dr. Kiyonga any sleepless nights.
He also argues that his candidate (Kiyonga) has played an instrumental role in the politics and development of Bukonzo in particular and Kasese in general which he says will give him an edge over his opponents in the race.
Dr. Kiyonga has been the blue-eyed man and pillar of the NRM government in Kasese since 1986 and has held various portfolios in the NRM government including the ministry of Finance at one time.
Political analysts however say that Kiyonga can only ignore his opponents particularly Sausi at his own peril given a recent surge in his popularity especially among the young generation.
To Sausi’s advantage is also the fact that he has worked with several national and international Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) the latest being “Safer World” as the project manager, a position he has leveraged to affect many lives of his constituents in the last three years.