Opposition Parliamentary candidates in Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts
are struggling to make inroads in areas considered as strongholds for National
In 2016, President Yoweri Museveni scored 84.46 % whereas his main rival Kizza
Besigye got only 13.79% in Nakasongola. In Nakaseke, Museveni obtained 76.2%
against Kizza Besigye’s 21.2 % of 64,557 total votes cast.
Since Nakasongola was created in 1997 and Nakaseke in 2005, NRM Members of
Parliament have been sailing through with no opposition candidates in the race.
However, ahead of the 2021 general elections, several opposition candidates
have been nominated and now in campaigns canvassing for votes to oust NRM
But the opposition candidates have met violence, intimidation and hostility as
they campaign in areas considered strongholds for NRM candidates.
Ivan Kyeyune the NUP Candidate for Nakasongola County MP race explains that he
has received death threats from NRM officials and security officials warning
him against de-campaigning the party within its strongholds.
Kyeyune says that due to the threats, he has scaled down on campaign time and
abandoned some venues for fear of his life.
He adds that even his supporters have been put on the crime watch list by
security operatives and his posters defaced.
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Lydia Nalujja the FDC Candidate for Nakasongola District Woman MP
says that Gombolola Internal Security Officer blocked her campaigns in Nakitoma
sub-county and forced to abandon some venues without talking to voters.
Nalujja adds that in other areas, residents tell them that opposition
candidates are not welcome because they may plunge the country into war.
Nathan Musoke the Budyebo County MP says that in some areas, village
chairpersons have been summoned and other threatened by security as well as NRM
officials for allowing them to campaign there without notifying them.
Musoke adds that their posters have been targeted and defaced because they are
against NRM leadership.
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Several opposition supporters declined to be recorded saying that they may be harassed.
Allan Mayanja, the NUP candidate for Nakaseke Central constituency and Violet
Nakalema NUP candidate for Nakaseke District Woman MP were recently attacked
and beaten by suspected NRM supporters at a rally held in Wakyato sub-county.
Mayanja says that the attackers faulted them for opposing NRM party and being Baganda.
Mayanja has registered the case at Police to arrest the perpetrators but none
has been arrested till date.
Isah Ssemwogerere the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that Mayanja’s
case is being investigated whereas other candidates are yet to report the
Ssemwogerere, however, faulted opposition candidates and supporters for
provoking the NRM supporters as well as breaching Electoral Commission guidelines.
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The acts of violence targeting the opposition candidate seem to be denying them
the opportunity to campaign in certain areas but give NRM candidates to
consolidate the support there.
In Nakaseke North constituency, the opposition parties did not field a
candidate over alleged intimidation of agents and hostility towards their
candidates. This allowed NRM Parliamentary candidate Enock Nyongore to sail through
In 2016, opposition candidates including Presidential candidates Kizza Besigye
met empty venues after state operatives and NRM leaders threatened residents
not to listen or vote for them.
In 2011, the FDC candidate for Nakaseke North, Moses Kabalema was attacked and
his vehicles set ablaze because he supported the opposition.