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New Voters in Masaka City Regret Electing Unknown Candidates

Janet Nassolo, a resident of Kibisi parish told Uganda Radio Network that many people took this year’s election as a fashion and failed to evaluate the candidates for the various leadership positions.

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A section of voters in areas that were merged with Masaka Municipality to facilitate its elevation to a city status are regretting the choices of leaders they elected in the just concluded elections. 


The elevation of the municipality into a city required the expansion of its boundaries into the neighboring Kalungu and Lwengo districts, where some parishes were annexed to the new city administration.


Now, a section of voters in Kibisi, Kasanje and Kirowooza parishes that were previously part of Kalungu district are regretting that they did not make informed choices while electing their leaders.

Janet Nassolo, a resident of Kibisi parish told Uganda Radio Network that many people took this year’s election as a fashion and failed to evaluate the candidates for the various leadership positions. 


She explains that candidates also took advantage of the people’s ignorance with the processes in the urban councils to manipulate them to solely vote for symbols without analyzing the potential of the candidates.

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 //Cue in: “Kibisi bagitta ku city….    

Cue out; ….tebalisigadde bbali.”//  

Nassolo is afraid that their areas may fail to attract the much desired social services and public infrastructure to match other city areas due to the quality of leaders especially those sent to the local councils. She argues that they largely elected inexperienced leaders who many easily be outcompeted during deliberations.

She partly blames the problem to lack of civic sanitization programs that would enlighten voters about the significance of their decisions ahead of the general election. 

//Cue in: “Kati kigezeeza…. 


Cue out; …..tetulina kyetwategedde.”//

Rosette Nassimbwa and Joseph Mawanda, both residents of Kibisi Parish, which was recently annexed to Nyendo-Mukungwe city division in Masaka says some of the elected councilors are none residents and may not appreciate the real challenges of the community.



According to Mawanda, many of the voters in the areas voted out of excitement without reflecting on the choice of the candidates. They decried the virtual campaigns in this year’s elections, saying it denied them a change to interact with the candidates.

//Cue in: “Tukooye okusindika …..    

Cue out; …..tujja kutereera,”//  



But Florence Namayanja, the incoming Masaka City Mayor and Greater Masaka National Unity Platform-NUP Regional Coordinator, says the party won the majority seats in the area has asked the voters to be confident that their concerns will be addressed by the new leadership. 

According to Namayanja, they will develop an all-inclusive development master plan that will holistically serve the interests of all communities regardless of where they are located and their statuses.           

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