The National Resistance Movement- NRM Vice Chairperson in charge
of Eastern Uganda, Capt. Mike Mukula is optimistic that the National Resistance
Movement-NRM party will defeat the Forum for Democratic Change- FDC in Teso in Thursday’s
While addressing the media at his residence in Senior Quarters, Soroti City,
Mukula said that NRM has regained ground and is likely to sweep all the
elective positions including parliamentary seats.
According to Mukula, since 2006, FDC has been losing support to NRM. In 2006,
FDC got eleven out of 17 slots for MPs and three District Chairpersons out of
five in Teso Sub Region. In 2011 elections, FDC MPs were reduced to eight out
of 21 seats and the number further reduced to only three in the 2016 elections.
Although FDC has fielded candidates in almost all the constituencies in the
region, all the three FDC MPs in the tenth parliament are now contesting to
retain their seats as independent candidates. These include Elijah Okupa of Kasilo County,
Herbert Edmund Ariko of Soroti Municipality and Angelline Ossege, Soroti Woman
MP. This, according to Mukula is a good
sign for his party to defeat FDC, that has been Uganda’s main opposition party
from Teso this year.
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But Jovans Peter Odikor, the FDC Acting Secretary-General in Soroti says
Mukula’s comments are a joke of the year. He notes that FDC has become stronger
than before, adding that NRM and Mukula will be shocked by the outcome of
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Mukula has been campaigning in the region for the last one month to popularize
NRM candidates especially in the new Gweri County and Soroti County which has
been dominated by FDC and recently won by an independent candidate, Kenneth
In 2006, Mukula described FDC candidates as rats who couldn’t defeat him. However,
he lost to little known Jimmy Ekemu, the FDC candidate for Soroti Municipality.