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FDC, DP short of candidates in Sembabule

The country's top opposition political parties Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Democratic Party (DP) have failed to front candidates in all elective positions in Sembabule district.

Cabinet recently approved the creation of nine sub counties of; Kawanda, Mitete, Mabindo, Kyera, Mitima, Ntete, Nakasenyi, Katwe and Bulongo in Sembabule district. They will be going to the polls on July 17, 2018.

FDC party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat (R) 

However, by the closure of the nomination exercise on Wednesday evening, DP had only managed to front candidates in nine out of the 46 available slots. FDC had a total of four candidates against 46 of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and 43 independent candidates.

According to Latif Ngozi Sembabule district Electoral Commission returning officer; out of the nine sub-counties chairperson's position, DP fronted 3 candidates while FDC nominated only two, leaving the other slots for NRM and independents.

Dick Lukyamuzi Ssenyondo, the DP national executive council representative for greater Masaka sub-region acknowledges the deficit, attributing it to a hostile environment against opposition politics in the area.

Lukyamuzi claims that although the party has reasonable numbers of supporters in the area, they are still afraid of contesting for elective positions. Lawrence Ssewajje, the DP regional secretary for mobilisation says the district has a history of intimidation of opposition politicians which works against the party.

He claims that even would-be candidates are threatened by the situation. He however adds that the number of nominated candidates gives them a start to rethink their mobilisation strategies. Robert Ssemyalo, the FDC secretary general for Sembabule district said he was unable to give an answer about the situation.

Last week, a team of FDC leaders from the party headquarters led by their Central region vice president and Rubaga mayor Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, was in Sembabule to prepare candidates for the elections, but their results have not yielded much.

Backer Byayi Ssenyonga, the spokesperson of the Uganda Federal Alliance who is contesting for the Mitete sub county chairperson's seat also chose to contest as an independent.

Ssenyonga has partly attributed the situation to weakness in opposition parties for not preparing enough to find suitable candidates for positions especially in rural constituencies even when they would have interest.

The Electoral Commission has cleared the nominated candidates to begin their campaigns on June 8.

Comments

+2 #1 gatashimana 2018-06-07 14:16
The opposition is focusing on nonsense. It doesn't matter whether you have candidates to front or not.

M7 came by the gun and will leave by the gun. It's actually better to just let NRM dominate their own democracy.

By sending opposition candidates to contest you are simply sending more people to parliament to steal our money and yet you want to be perceived as of high moral ground. MPs, especially those in the opposition have no place in politics.

At least with the NRM MPs, they get to rubber stamp.
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+1 #2 Fuller 2018-06-07 18:16
"By sending opposition candidates to contest you are simply sending more people to parliament to steal our money and yet you want to be perceived as of high moral ground. MPs, especially those in the opposition have no place in politics." - gatashimana has hit it right!

The only part I disagree with is that Mr. Museveni will relinquish power by the gun. Nature has a lot of surprises - at surprising times!
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0 #3 Akot 2018-06-07 21:15
gatashimana, thanks!

As long as opposition parties don't marger to form 1 body with 1 leader to face Museveni, they are just joining Museveni in laughing at Ugandans' miseries, while joining the tribalstic system to have their share of the loot, unconcerned the country & people are slave, bleeding, reeling in pverty!

What these so called opposition leaders are doing is worse than what Museveni is doing to Ugandans:

* without a UNITED people of Uganda with just 1 opposition block & just 1 common leader, Museveni is going no where!

In a desperate situation like the Ugandan one, opposition leaders don'' have smile on faces & they don't join a government they say they don't want to help go on, but UNITE to UNITE the people to make sure there is change!
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+1 #4 gwok 2018-06-08 01:00
[quote name="gatashimana"]The opposition is focusing on nonsense. It doesn't matter whether you have candidates to front or not.

M7 came by the gun and will leave by the gun. It's actually better to just let NRM dominate their own democracy. I agree with your analysis.

May I suggest that we should ignore all political parties and try proportional representatives of tribes or regions in our parliament instead. Please have your say.
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0 #5 Akot 2018-06-08 20:32
Fuller, understood, yet,

How can Museveni relinguish power by the gun when Ugandans are tribally divided & ruled by him?

Which tribes will fight the demon & which ones will be on his side?

Have Ugandans asked why not 1 of their own from any triba has dared stand up to call them to UNITY?

So, who will take up guns to remove Museveni & will be supported & by who?

See, without common opposition leadership, tribal leaders hold the key to UNITY to decide the next step against Museveni!

As it is every tribe is suspicious of another while Museveni is the only winner!
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0 #6 Akot 2018-06-08 20:41
gwok, yet,

Musevni came with the gun he didn't have to use, because Acholi lowered guns & sood down to conceed defeat seeing all the other tribes UNITED for Musevne!

Remember, gun shots heard through out the night & day in Kampala was for celebration & not Museveni's war dogs fighting Acholi!

So, will Museveni kill Ugandns if they UNITE against him today & who will be holding the guns to kill Ugandans for him?

Which tribal land will Museveni use as base to fight back if Ugandans come out & block him in State House?

So, to whom does Uganda formed by tribal lands belong, to Museveni or to Ugandans?
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