FDC Plots for Bunyangabu Seats

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The opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC party has fronted candidates to contest for elective offices in Bunyangabu district. Last week the Electoral Commission announced August 29th as voting day in the newly created districts which started operations in July this year. FDC has often come under criticism from a section of its supporters for lacking grass-root structures especially below the district level.

The major opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has fronted candidates to contest for elective offices in Bunyangabu district.

Last week the Electoral Commission announced August 29th as voting day in the newly created districts which started operations in July this year. The districts include Namsindwa curved out of Manafwa, Rukiga curved out of Kabale, Packwach out of Nebbi and Butebo curved out of Pallisa.

And now FDC has fielded Dorothy Nyakaisiki for Woman Member of Parliament and Silver Tweyongire for District local council chairperson.

Robert Mutunzi, the Kabarole district FDC party secretary says that they are confident the two candidates are strong and ready to challenge the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidates.

According to Mutunzi, after the 2016 general elections the party embarked on mobilising for support at the grass-root level.

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Mutunzi says that FDC is also planning to field candidates to contest as district councillors in the sub counties of Rwimi, Kyamukube, Rubona, Katebwa and Kabonero where the party has huge support.

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Nyakaisiki says that she hopes to build on the big support of the party in the new district to win elections. She explains that the NRM has failed to deliver to expectation of the masses, which she says could be an advantage to opposition candidates.

In last year's presidential elections, Dr Kizza Besigye the FDC presidential candidate defeated President Museveni in Katebwa Sub County and in some villages of Rwimi Sub County, Rwimi town council and Kyamukube Sub County.

The Woman parliamentary seat has so far attracted two contenders on the NRM party ticket who include Peace Mutuzo, the State Minister for Gender and Rose Mary Byabasaija, the former Deputy Resident District Commissioner Kabarole.

For the district local council chairperson's seat, the contestants include interim chairperson Peter Musinguzi, John Kyaligonza of the NRM party and Edward Mugarama, an independent candidate. 

The FDC party has often come under criticism from a section of its supporters for lacking grass-root structures especially below the district level. For most electoral positions countrywide in the general elections, the FDC and other opposition parties lack candidates to field. 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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