Madina Binti Ayubu, the Masajja A, Kibira A, and Ndikuttamada village NRM LC IV woman candidate, says she feels unsafe whenever she dons a yellow or NRM branded outfit
They are concerned that the voters have become hostile towards NRM members and the situation has worsened following the detention of National Unity Paltform- NUP's presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Resistance Movement-NRM party candidates and their supporters in
Makindye-Ssabagabo municipality in Wakiso district have decided not to use their
branded party materials for their own safety.
They cite the hostility directed at them by voters following
the arrest and subsequent detention of the National Unity Platform- NUP
presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu last week. The arrest was followed by sporadic protests across the
Now, NRM party members in Makindye-Ssabagabo municipality who
often don yellow outfits including T-shirts, caps, scarfs and dresses with their
party symbol of a bus or picture of their presidential candidate, Yoweri
Museveni, say they are being targeted.
Madina Binti Ayubu, the Masajja A, Kibira A, and Ndikuttamada village NRM LC IV
woman candidate, says she feels unsafe whenever she dons a yellow or NRM
branded outfit. She says that even before the pro-Kyagulanyi protests,
the door to door campaigns she had so far conducted indicate that NRM is
unpopular in the villages.
Our reporter found Binti who was campaigning in
Masajja A village donning a black hijab and black veil with shades of yellow
and green. Binti says that she has decided to campaign alone and
try to convince voters on what she will do once elected into office.
challenge I have found while in the field is that people don’t like the
NRM, and putting on party t-shirts could be dangerous to candidates and
supporters, but good enough people like me as a person," Binti said.
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Binti , who is a former woman councilor in Nkikuttamada Village, has
promised to help women set up income-generating projects because most of
them are single mothers. She the high youth unemployment has made them
redundant and willing to engage in electoral violence because they have nothing
She says the only way NRM candidates can instil confidence in the electorate
is by fulfilling their campaign promises once elected into office. For now, the
"ground is rough and NRM candidates are facing the music,"Bintu said.
Adding that” But I'm confident that voters will not actually lynch us. They
just want to show us they are disappointed by the government generally and want
change. Kalule Mwesige, another NRM party member agrees. He says the protests have made
the opposition more hostile to NRM supporters and candidates.
He says most
candidates have halted their campaigns while others have abandoned branded
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He adds that security officers have been assigned to only presidential
candidates and the rest of the candidates have to provide their own security.
However, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC's, Fredrick Musitwa, says NRM
members must understand that voters want change.
He, however, calls on change seeking forces to exercise
restraint and simply vote for the candidates they believe will serve their
interests. Musitwa, who is running for the
Masajja Division LC3 Chairperson seat, says it is unfortunate that NRM
candidates feel unsafe in the municipality.
“We are aware that the country is under the multi-party
system and as FDC, we can’t do such evil acts,” he said.
Cissy Nabunya, an NRM
supporter and resident of Bunamwaya, says that she was attacked by a group of
youths chanting "NUP Everywhere", "Everywhere NUP" and
"People Power" when campaigns kicked off on November 9th, 2020
while alighting from a taxi.
"These people accused me of being an obstacle to change because I was
wearing a yellow outfit that day. But is it a crime to wear NRM party colours?"
Joseph Kasajja, a Boda boda rider in the municipality, says he and other NRM
supporters are currently gripped with fear yet they should feel safe because it
is their party that is in government.
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On Thursday last week, while campaigning in
Kotido, Museveni warned to deal with
those attacking NRM party supporters, He noted that people attacking NRM
supporters "will soon lose appetite" for violence because time will
reach where people will fear even touching an NRM shirt on the roadside."