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2021 POLLS: Kisoro Leaders Speak Out on NRM Support 



President Yoweri Museveni scored a comfortable 88.7% votes in Kisoro district in the 2016 presidential election, highly above the national percentage of 60.75%. All the Members of Parliament in Kisoro are also from the ruling National Resistance Movement party, the Chairperson LCV and district councillors except one independent.

The last general election happened at the peak of the helm of former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who was removed on March 4th 2018 and later arrested and charged in the army court. Kayihura comes from Kisoro and was considered a political power in the district.

ChimpReports spoke to prominent leaders from Kisoro including: Dr. Philemon Mateke, the Foreign Affairs state minister in charge of Regional Cooperation; Abel Bizimana, the district Chairman LCV; Hon Tress Buchanayanda, the former Minister of Agriculture and Mr. Ramathan Ndikuyeze who is the district NRM party vice chairperson.

The leaders believe Museveni’s popularity remains high in Kisoro and still going to get a good percentage in the 2021 elections.

They relatively gave homogeneous views on the three main topics: improvement of road infrastructure in Uganda, access to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and sharing of the national cake, which they think are the main desires of the people Kisoro.

Interestingly, Kisoro leaders said they are the ones who appealed to the President and Works Minister, Gen. Katumba Wamala for Uganda to construct roads in DRC to ease cross border business.

Mateke said the Kisoro- Kabale road remains a huge tangible achievement credited to Museveni and the people are still going to give the latter their votes.

“The President is in a comfortable lead compared to any other contender. On the account of Kisoro-Kabale road alone is our big pride,” said Dr. Mateke.

He noted that there are concerns on yet to be fulfilled promises and the employment of Bafumbira in government but also appealed for patience saying NRM and Museveni in particular doesn’t forget his covenants.

“We have benefited as always translated in the overwhelming support but also satisfying human needs is never conclusive. People are talking over appointments and projects promised by the President and I believe he is going to fulfill,” he added.

Last month the Bafumbira group held a press conference in Kisoro town demanding for the consideration of the appointment of Mr. Robert Mukiza as the Uganda Investment Authority Director. Mukiza passed the interviews and was approved by the UIA but the appointment powers is in the hands of Minister of Finance.

Buchanayandi said the approval and the commitment of funds to construct roads in the DRC is a good gesture needed to be backed by the rehabilitation of road networks in the border districts.

“We need to connect with DRC and it is through roads for trade. We equally need the road networks here to connect us to DRC,” he said.

Adding: “The President has good support here and it needs to be consolidated.”

Abel Bizimana, the incumbent Chairman LC5 and also the official NRM LC5 flag bearer for Kisoro district said Museveni’s 88.6% support in 2016 has remained intact.  He however decried internal intrigue saying some people portray themselves as more NRM than others.

“The support for President remains big but some people in the district want to be more NRM than others. I was for one fought in the last elections by the RDC,” said Bizimana.

He noted that there are grievances since Kayihura was sacked, their access to the President has been limited.

“We no longer access State House like it has been. As I speak now, three of our children have been unfairly denied jobs in CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), Coffee and Uganda Investments Authority,” he said.

“John Kale Institute, a university that was promised by the President has been abandoned by the Ministry of Education officials because of the name Kale,” he said.

Ramathan Ndikuyeze, the NRM vice chairperson of Kisoro said the party still commands a significant support in the district. He called on the party leadership to reconcile and return home candidates aggrieved by the primary elections.

“NRM needs to reconcile cadres who disagreed with the results of the primaries,” he said.

Like the senior leaders, Ndikuyeze also noted that the issue of appointments should be settled for the Bafumbira to jubilate.

“When the Sabiny win medals in Olympics they return with gold and there will be jubilation in Kapchorwa. A Mafumbira won the interview for UIA job but we have not jubilated in Kisoro,” he said.


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Nobert Mao Denounces Violence, Calls for Peaceful Transition of Power




Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate has denounced violence and pleaded for a peaceful transition of power in Uganda.

Mao said that all voters should stand against the violence that leads to bloodshed and instead embrace a peaceful transition of government from the current leadership of Uganda to a new leadership through the ballots.

He noted that Uganda has not undergone a peaceful handover of power since the overthrow of the governments of Milton Obote and Iddi Amin Dada by coups which led to consequence toppling of power by the National Resistance Army (NRA), now the National Resistance Movement-NRM led by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

‘’The reason for this election is to see that Uganda witnesses what it has never witnessed before and that is a change of government without bloodshed,’’ Mao noted.

Mao made the statements during his two separate campaigns in Ongako and Palenga town council all in Omoro district on Wednesday.

His statements come at a time when Uganda is witnessing a wave of deadly violence and protests by people loyal to opposition parties and against the ruling NRM government.

Last week, Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) announced that the opposition would go for ‘’Plan B’’ if the election fails.

Last week police reported that more than 40 people were killed, scores injured and more than 300 arrested following protests against the arrest of presidential hopefuls Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the National Unity Platform and Forum for Democratic Change parties respectively.

Lawrence Okidi, an elder from Palenga town council praised Mao for typically living as a true leader of the Democratic Party who believes in a peaceful transition of power.

Betty Kilama, a voter and contender in Omoro district noted that Mao’s love for peace, intelligence and competence makes him deem to be elected the President of Uganda.

Talking about his manifestos, Mao said that he will improve electricity, roads, education in the northern region and also ensure compensation of those who lost their properties to the government.

Mao is seeking election for presidency alongside ten other candidates.





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I Withdrew to Protect My Supporters, Public from Chaos – Muntu Speaks Out on Foiled Kamwenge Rally




The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Gregory Muntu has finally opened up on why the police foiled his Kamwenge campaign rally and the reason why he chose to “peacefully withdraw.”

Since the commencement of the campaigns on November 9, Muntu and President Museveni have been known to be the most peaceful candidates, abiding by the set guidelines for conducting campaigns, however, it wasn’t business as usual today in Kamwenge where Police foiled his rally.

His policy, as he has been and continues to preach, is using non-violent and radical means of changing the country leadership as opposed to ‘defiance’ that is always applied by his fellow opposition presidential candidates.

In a statement that he released shortly after the blockade, Muntu admitted that it was their foul for trying to change the campaign venue, after the heavy rains destroyed the initial one.

“As we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people in the venue we had earlier in a week before agreed upon with the security agencies. No one anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or people to access,” he noted.

“After identifying an alternative place only 100 meters away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police,” he added.

He noted that since ANT’s policy is to be reasonable even during unreasonable actions on the side of the state, they engaged police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner with an intention of denying police any chance for injuring his supporters or the general public including himself (Muntu).

Muntu’s campaign meeting was foiled over change of venue.

“They not only intended to frustrate us, but also cause us to act in the ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on,” he said.

“While we are confident that we are on the right side of both law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation,” he added.

Muntu vowed that his ANT will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of his campaign.

He truth remains, the regime’s days are numbered,” he said.

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Amuriat’s Team Involved in Car Accident, Two Dead




Two people belonging to the Forum For Democratic Change – FDC Presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat’s campaign team have died on spot after their car was involved in an accident.

The two were part of a team that was travelling on a truck carrying the Presidential Candidate’s Public Address system.

The truck plunged into a valet at Panyamur hill leaving two dead and 15 nursing serious injuries.

 “It is something that has hit us very hard,” Amuriat said.

“We have taken a decision to suspend the campaigns and deal with the causalities while we sympathise and stand with those families that lost their loved ones,” he added.

Amuriat and his FDC team have been combing Northern Uganda for votes as according to the electoral road map issued by the electoral commission.



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