Kampala Woman MP Naggayi Nabilah Sempala is National Unity Platform Kampala Lord Mayor flag bearer in the 2021 general elections.
Nabilah got the ticket after her brother in law Latif Sebaggala abandoned the same ticket in favour of Erias Lukwago of the Forum for Democratic Change.
Latif got a ticket after flooring singer Joseph Mayanja, better known as Jose Chameleon. Chameleon has since moved on and sought Democratic party blessing.
Nabilah, a member of the FDC for 15 years, was locked out of nominations by the party’s electoral commission before reopening the window to allow Lukwago get a nomination. Lukwago is a high-profile member of the DP who crossed to FDC. He has a DP life membership card.
It is not clear what dirty FDC has about Nabilah, however, sources say the Kampala Woman MP is accused of being in bed with the ruling party. Nabilah however says FDC was full of sexist, male chauvinists.
FDC spokesperson Semujju Nganda warned NUP against Nabilah’s candidature urging NUP to deal with her cautiously.
Semujju said, “We wish honorable Nabilah all the best but if she keeps playing politics the way she has been doing in FDC, then I want to feel sorry for NUP.”
“If Nabilah changes the way she plays politics; she can be a very good politician. But if she doesn’t, NUP should be careful,” Semujju added.
Semujju said FDC has always been rashly judged for mishandling Nabilah but her joining the National Unity Platform gives others a chance ‘to also feel her weight.’
Nabilah beat Hajj Kadra Ssali to take the Lord Mayor ticket. She scored 166 points from the possible 200.
Nabilah said she was going to ensure Kyagulanyi wins Kampala.
“I think Kampala deserves a fresh start; a new president and a new lord Mayor.”
She lauded NUP for having respect for women and not patronizing them, as was the case in her former party, FDC.