By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) swept majority slots in the just concluded Local Council elections, including in key opposition strongholds.
“Provisional results so far available indicate that NRM swept majority of the villages in the LC1 elections conducted yesterday (Tuesday)," a statement by NRM Communications Officer Rogers Mulindwa indicated. Mulindwa added; “The results as retrieved by our tally center illustrate the party’s increasing popularity countrywide despite the endless criticism from opposition leaders.”
According to the statement issued on Wednesday, the ruling party won in 16 out of the 17 sub counties, Divisions and Town councils in Rukungiri district, which is FDC’s Col Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home area. NRM’s victory in Rukungiri comes barely two months after the ruling party’s candidate Winfred Matsiko lost to FDC’s Betty Muzanira in the Woman MP by-election.
NRM also won in Kasese district, an area known to be opposition FDC dominated and also home to Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza.
“In Kasese, NRM got 481 out of the 753 villages. The Opposition combined, collected less than half of NRM,” Mulindwa’s statement pointed out.
FDC President Engineer Patrick Amuriat Oboi lost to NRM in his own sub county of Kanyumu in Kumi district. NRM won in 15 of the 28 villages in the Sub County, while FDC won in only two and Independent candidates won in three villages.
Mulindwa notes; “These results reflect a vote of confidence to the NRM Government and a vote of no confidence to the Opposition for the amendment of Article 102(b) carried out last year. NRM won big in districts of Warrior MPs like in Bushenyi (Hon. Raphael Magyezi), Mubende (Hon Semeo Nsubuga), Katakwi (Hon. Peter Ogwang), Koboko (Hon. Evelyn Anite) and Kabarole where Margaret Muhanga comes from.”
Efforts to talk to FDC Spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda on the opposition party’s performance during the village polls were fruitless as his known telephone contact was off at the time. Recently, former FDC Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye said NRM was delaying the village polls for fear of losing to FDC.