Masindi LC5 Chairman Sets Eyes on Presidency

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Masindi LC 5 Chairman, Steven Birija, has embarked on a door to door campaign seen to be a preparatory stage for his presidential ambitions. Mr. Birija's radio programs were recently stopped by three stations in Masindi. His radio debates have been critical of government's failure to fight corruption and the falling educational standards. Some of the programs were paid for. Attempts by Masindi district to set up its own radio station also ran into difficulties with the broadcasting council. Birija's other efforts to start a fundraising to boost education in the district was stopped by a presidential directive. Intelligence services in Masindi are trailing Birija across districts of Bunyoro, Ankole, Teso and Busoga as he attempts to establish a string of potential campaign agents. Most of his campaigners are former students in his schools. Meanwhile radio stations in neighboring Hoima district have asked for him Birija's programs to be aired on their channels. In the sub counties of Mutunda, Kigumba, Kiryandongo and Karujubu where he has so far visited, Birija is among others telling his congregations that government owes them an explanation why it has not done enough in education, medical, agriculture, democracy and public awareness. Biriga now in his early 40's, was an aide to the late Major General Fred Rwigyema. He resigned from the army in 1990's shortly before the Rwigyema-led forces invaded Rwanda. In 2001, he campaigned for Kiiza Besigye's Reform Agenda but four years later, returned to the NRM fold. Despite doubts that he had not converted fully to the NRM and that he was not a native of Masindi, Birija contested and won the district chair


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