Masaka District Chairman Predicts Win despite NRM Loss

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In short
The National Resistance Movement won only one seat in Masaka district with Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi retaining his seat as the Bukoto Central Member of Parliament. The other three seats from the district were won by Democratic Party candidates Florence Namayanja, Mathias Mpuuga and Mary Babirye Kabanda.

Joseph Kalungi, the incumbent Masaka district chairman says he is assured of victory in tomorrow's local government election despite the loss suffered by his party, the National Resistance Movement, in last week's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Kalungi faces stiff competition from Jude Mbabaali, the Democratic Party candidate and Matia Mulindwa Kagugube, an independent candidate whom he defeated in NRM party primaries.

The National Resistance Movement won only one seat in Masaka district with Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi retaining his seat as the Bukoto Central Member of Parliament. The other three seats from the district were won by Democratic Party candidates Florence Namayanja, Mathias Mpuuga and Mary Babirye Kabanda.

NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni also lost to FDC candidate Kizza Besigye for the first time in the district. Nathan Nabaasa, the Masaka District Returning Officer says Besigye garnered 46,549 votes while Museveni polled 41,998 votes from Masaka.

The dismal NRM performance in the general election has terrified NRM party officials.

Last evening, Masaka NRM party executive convened a crisis meeting to discuss ways of saving their candidates from humiliation. The meeting was held in Kirumba, at the offices of the Masaka district NRM chairman Peter Ssenkungu.

Hajj Ali Matovu, the NRM candidate contesting to represent Kimanya-Kyabakuza division in Masaka District Council says the voting pattern is a cause of anxiety among NRM candidates.

But Joseph Kalungi, the NRM candidate in the Masaka LCV race says that although his rivals have sustained a smear campaign against him, his record on improving service delivery is vibrant.

Kalungi's rivals accuse him of conniving with Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka District Land board Chairman to illegally allocate pubic land to private developers. Kalungi disputes the allegation.
 
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Jude Mbabaali, the Democratic Party candidate says the campaign has helped him to establish that the populace in Masaka is tired of the current leadership. Mbabaali projects that he will win the vote with a 60 percent margin.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.