In December, at least 500 NUP supporters in Gulu and Nwoya District including their leaders allegedly crossed to NRM. This week, the NRM party officials again announced the defection of 400 supporters from the opposition FDC to NRM from across Gulu East and West Divisions. Also, 780 NUP coordinators reportedly abandoned their party in Agago District.
NRM supporters had argued that with the infrastructural development, the elevation of Gulu to a city status, the rapid economic recovery, as well as peace and stability in Acholi sub-region, the tide would change in favour of the ruling party. But area politicians believe that such developments cannot translate into votes.
Amuriat has been walking barefooted as a signature stunt, following events on his nomination day, when he was dragged to the nomination venue in Kyambogo after losing his shoes in a fracas with the police. He has since then, launched a nationwide crusade dubbed “barefoot revolution” in protest of the indignity meted against him.
“I tried to dissuade him from taking such a step and I told him that the Law of the Church does not permit a priest to be involved in active politics and that a priest who does so would be suspended.” Odama explained in the circular.
In 2014, Museveni pledged to construct the school in Lagot Alero, Pupwonya North village in Atiak Sub-County to promote girl-child education following the prolonged effects of the two-decade Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.
According to provisional results prior to the cancellation of results, of the three candidates, Betty Atim was leading the race with 2,707 votes, her closes rival Sharon Balmoi had polled 2,664 votes while Maya Auma had 581 votes.