250 NRM Members Cross To FDC ahead of Besigye's Visit Top story

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Naiga Yudaaya, the Lyantonde town council FDC secretary says FDC support has increased since the 2011 elections. She attributes the increasing support to failures by the current government to fulfill pledges made in 2011.

At least 250 supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement party have surrendered their membership cards to representatives of presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye, ahead of his visit to Lyantonde district this afternoon.

The Forum for Democratic Change party candidate is expected to hold three campaign rallies in Lyantonde today.

But before Besigye arrives for the main rally, he has received a boost in support of 250 NRM defectors in Lyantonde. 

Led by Kenneth Mugisha, the Kooki State NRM chairperson, the defectors are gathered at Kooki stage, in Lyantonde town council, waiting to give their membership cards to Besigye, as a sign of defection.

Mugisha says they decided to defect to the FDC party because of the high level of rigging exhibited during NRM party primaries in Lyantonde district.

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Badru Byakatonda, another NRM supporter says they are tired of President Museveni and his "false promises."

He says during the 2011 general elections, he promised to address the water crisis facing them, unemployment and poor health services, but nothing was done and the situation has worsen.
Byakatonda says whenever they go for treatment at Lyantonde hospital; they are referred to either Masaka hospital or private clinics.
Eliah Ssewandigi, the Lyantonde district NRM Chairman however says he is not aware of any defections but promised to give a comment, after he investigates the said defections.
Naiga Yudaaya, the Lyantonde town council FDC secretary says failures by the current government to fulfill pledges made in 2011, is playing in their favour.
Lyantonde district has suffered persistent water crisis. During dry spell, a 20litre jerrican of water goes for Shillings 2000, way too high for a population that lives on a dollar or less than a dollar a day.

At the time of filing this report, FDC supporters were gathering at Lyantonde playground to wait for Besigye.

In 2011 presidential elections, Kizze Besigye got 3,759 votes, while his main rival Yoweri Kagute Museveni got 21,694 votes in Lyantonde district.


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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."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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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.