The race to become the flag-bearer for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for Rubaga North seat is heating up with the Lands minister, Ms Beti Kamya, tussling it out with city lawyer Brian Kusingura Tindyebwa.

Mr Tindyebwa said he was called by God to lead the people of Rubaga North, adding that there is no way he can leave Ms Kamya to sail through as the party’s flag bearer.

“She has just joined NRM and we even do not know whether she took back her former party card. In January, she wanted to be a sole candidate and we said democracy must be followed. She managed to convince other candidates but I rejected her request and I said unless the party chairman himself tells me so, I cannot just leave the contest for you,” Mr Tindyebwa said in an interview on Tuesday.

He further accused the minister of being sectarian, a vice he said is not part of the NRM ideology.

He added: “I have advised her to read and understand the NRM ideology. So when NRM took over power, it has been fighting it.”

Efforts to reach Ms Kamya on the matter were futile as she spent most of the day with President Museveni opening Kasubi Market and later attending Parliament.

However, her aide, Mr Hassan Kasibante Junior, rubbished the allegations that she wanted to be the party’s sole candidate for the position.

“That was a lie because the minister has never met Mr Tindyebwa to ask him to leave the race for her. She is a leader who embraces democracy so that cannot be true,” Mr Kasibante said yesterday.

On being tribalistic, Mr Kasibante laughed off the allegations.

“Surely, Ms Kamya’s dad is a Muganda, the mum is Kenyan and husband is from western Uganda, so how can you say such a person with different backgrounds is tribalistic?” Mr Kasibante added.

The race has so far attracted four aspirants for the seat currently represented by Mr Moses Kasibante.

Mr Kasibante is a former Radio CBS journalist turned politician and subscribes to the Democratic Party.

The other candidate is Mr Abubaker Kawalya of People Power Movement, now turned into National Unity Platform.

Mr Kawalya is the current speaker of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

When asked whether he is bouncing back for the third term, Mr Kasibante answered in affirmative.

“Definitely, I am coming back. First of all, what I have done is to prepare the people before I prepare myself,” Mr Kasibante said by telephone yesterday.