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According to Namugga, majority of the voters in the area have been longing for a change in political leadership and have been missing out on dependable candidates who have the audacity to withstand all sorts of pressure exerted opposition candidates who attempted to contest in the area.
Gorreti Namugga, the MP elect for Mawogola County. She becomes the first Opposition leader to be elected Sembabule district
Goretti Namugga, a member of the National Unity Platform-NUP and Mawogola County Member of Parliament MP-elect is the first opposition politician to win an elective position in Sembabule district.

Robert Baine, the Sembabule District Returning Officer declared the former Masaka Municipal Council Procurement Officer winner of the Mawogola County parliamentary seat after garnering 9,783 votes beating her closest rival and National Resistance Movement-NRM candidate, Dez Oswaldo Byuma who polled 8,418 votes. 

Namugga is destined to represent the county that was once represented by Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kahamba Kuteesa, before it was split to create two more constituencies.  Her new task is to end NRM dominance in Sembabule district where the opposition has never won any leadership position in history.    

According to Namugga, majority of the voters in the area have been longing for a change in political leadership and have been missing out on dependable candidates who have the audacity to withstand all sorts of pressure exerted opposition candidates who attempted to contest in the area.

“We now have a task to liberate this district such that our people can get the leadership they deserve and can make them better,” she said. Namugga is optimistic that on top of the parliamentary and local government positions, the opposition can equally defeat President, Yoweri Museveni in Sembabule district.

According to the 2021 poll results, Museveni registered a sharp decline in the performance in Sembabule district compared to the previous election. He scored 44, 442 votes representing 56.8 per cent. His main challenger the National Unity Platform, NUP candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu scored 32, 776 votes representing 41.9 per cent.

In the 2016 general elections, Museveni scored 51, 749 votes representing 70.27 per cent. Patrick Nkalubo, the Sembabule District National Resistance Movement-NRM party Spokesperson insists that the party is still strong in the area, arguing that opposition candidate benefited from mistakes and disunity within their structure, which they will soon address.