Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament, says that the opinion poll rightfully indicates that living conditions of Ugandans are bad it contradicts that Ugandans are happy with the current President.
Members of the Opposition have rejected an opinion poll that puts
President Museveni ahead of all prospective presidential aspirants ahead of the
The opinion poll conducted by Research World International on behalf of Great Lakes
Institute for Strategic Studies interviewed 2,321 Ugandans from all regions before
the COVID-19 lockdown in March.
The report that was on Wednesday unveiled by the Chief Executive Officer
Research World International Patrick Wakida indicates that if elections were
held in March, Ugandans would vote President Museveni with 46 per cent while Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu also known alias Bobi Wine would come second with 22 percent, while
Forum for Democratic Change’s Kiiza Besigye would get 17 percent .
11 percent of Ugandans were undecided on who to vote, while 1 per cent would vote
Alliance for National Transformation’s Mugisha Muntu and 1 percent would also
vote Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao.
The report also indicates that Kyagulanyi has a chance of succeeding Museveni,
followed by Besigye and then President Museveni’s son Muhoozi
Among other things, the poll also indicates that 49 percent of Ugandans were
free to talk about politics, while 26 percent were either not free or had no
comment. It also shows that 39 per cent of the Ugandans think the living
conditions are bad. It also shows that 39 percent of Ugandans are not confident
in Government running the economy.
The poll also says 42 percent of Ugandans trust the Electoral Commission to
conduct a free and fair election.
However, some opposition members note that the poll favours the ruling NRM party.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament,
says that the opinion poll rightfully indicates that the living conditions of
Ugandans are bad, but it contradicts that Ugandans are happy with the current
He also questioned the timing of the poll and the trends that the
opinion polls have been taking over time.
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Alliance for National Transformation (ANT's) acting National Organizing
Secretary, Alice Alaso says that there are gaps in the report. Alaso says that
she finds it inconsistent when the majority of the Ugandans said that they did not want the presidential age limit lifted and yet they are the same
Ugandans who would vote for President Museveni in 2021. In the Opinion
poll, 60 per cent of Ugandans didn’t want age limit lifted.
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She, however, says that the opposition should use the opinion to improve on their ratings.
Winifred Kiiza, the former Leader of Opposition and Kasese Woman
MP says that it is unfortunate that the report indicates that Ugandans are
confident and could elect the incumbent because of Security.
Kiiza says that it is time for Ugandans to also realize that they have rights
to education and health.
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Wakida says the opinion poll was independently done, and what the
people shared is based on what they feel, and what is on their mind. He says
for instance many Ugandans might not vote Museveni for the economy but might vote
him for security.