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Opposition Candidates Form Coalition Ahead of 2021 General Elections

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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.
Dan Oola Odiya. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Candidates from five opposition political parties in Gulu district have formed a coalition to secure victory in the 2021 general elections.

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 (PPP). 


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.

Richard 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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