Matia Kasaija Is Unopposed
Minister Kasaija set for reappointment as MP for Buyanja County after sole opponent Paul Kyalimpa bows out of the race. PHOTO/NEW VISION

Matia Kasaija has been declared unopposed for the Member of Parliament (MP) seat of Buyanja County in Kibale.

The State Minister for Finance Matia Kasaija has been declared unopposed for the Member of Parliament (MP) seat of Buyanja County in Kibale after his would-be opponent, Paul Kyalimpa bowed out of the race.

The declaration was made on Monday by the Kibaale district returning officer Aggrey Ipeto. He said that Kyalimpa who was an independent candidate had bowed out of the MP race leaving the incumbent, Matia Kasaija unopposed.

About his letter, the returning officer, who did not reveal Kyalimpa’s decision to quit the race said that Matia Kasaija only awaits being sworn in next year with no one else vying for the same post.

“Please refer to the attached copy of the withdraw letter and the Declaration by the Returning Officer of Hon. Matia Kasaija as unopposed for Buyanja County in Kibaale Electoral District,” part of the letter reads. 

Adding; “This is to submit to you, the details of the candidate who has withdrawn from the Electoral Office of Directly Elected Member of Parliament for Buyanja County in Kibaale Electoral District.”

Meanwhile, Kyalimpa contested in the recent National Resistance Movement-NRM primary elections and lost to Kasaija scooping on 6,213 votes to Kasaija’s16,539.

The results did not go well with him and he had since decided to run on the independent ticket. His withdraw from the race, however, comes at a time when Buyanja district was part of the districts that were divided earlier this year.

Kibaale District is a district in the Western Region of Uganda. 

Kibaale in addition to many other constituencies more so those represented by NRM candidates were earlier on a split with at least 38 MPs having the option of seeking re-election in new areas or the original constituencies.

Matia Kasaiaja however, opted to remain in the old Buyanja County in Kibaale District, from which Buyanja East has been created.

Matia Kasaija Is Unopposed
Minister Kasaija set for reappointment as MP for Buyanja County after sole opponent Paul Kyalimpa bows out of the race. PHOTO/NEW VISION

What next for Kyalimpa?

About a letter dated November 24, 2020, President Museveni has endorsed the appointment of Paul Kyalimpa to a juicy post at the Uganda Investment Authority.

“This is to authorise you to go ahead with the recruitment process and have the candidate appointed, if found suitable. The terms of service should be in accordance with the institution’s guidelines,” Museveni said in the letter.