Speaking at the launch, Mugabe said the alliance seeks to strengthen grassroots mobilization, building strong manifestos for the candidates as well as identifying potential leaders who will work for the development of their electorate.
Candidates from five opposition political parties in Gulu
district have formed a coalition to secure victory in the 2021 general
The coalition dubbed the “Rainbow Alliance” comprises members from
the Democratic Party (DP), Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Uganda
People's Congress (UPC), People`s Power (PP) and People`s Progressive Party
The coalition is under the leadership of Robert Mugabe, the Alliance
for National Transformation-ANT Gulu City Mayoral candidate. The coalition was
unveiled on Tuesday at Palema Crown Hotel in Gulu City.
Present at the launch was Dan Oola Odiya, a strong supporter
of Uganda People’s Conference and Gulu District LC 5 candidate, Florence Akwero,
a candidate for the Pece-Laroo Female Councilor’s seat, Christopher Ouma from UPC
and Okot Christopher Layeeting from the DP among others.
Speaking at the launch, Mugabe said the alliance seeks to
strengthen grassroots mobilization, building strong manifestos for the
candidates as well as identifying potential leaders who will work for the
development of their electorate.
He explained that the newly created Gulu city
requires competent, visionary, united, strong, compassionate and incorruptible
crops of leaders.
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Mugabe explained that the alliance will restrict its
operations and solicit support for its candidates in Gulu City and Aswa County
that constitutes Gulu district.
Odokonyero, who is eyeing the Bardege-Layibi division Mayor’s seat, say through
the alliance he hopes to resettle street kids and restore sanity in Gulu City.
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Florence Akwero is equally optimistic that she will gain
victory through the Rainbow Alliance. She promised to ensure that more money is
injected in the health department of Gulu City to improve maternal health services
once elected into office.
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On his part, who is
vying for the Gulu district LC V Chairperson's seat pledged to address bad
governance, youth unemployment, injustices, and health and security gaps and as
well as improve service deliveries in the district once elected.
The alliance has generated mixed reactions from political
party leaders in the district. Paul Mwanga, the Gulu ANT Chairperson, says they
are open to supporting competent leaders through the coalition in order to
produce good leaders.
Dr. Lina Zedrigra Waru, the National Unity Platform Deputy
President in charge of Northern Uganda said it was it is still early to
comment on the alliance.
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