Sylvia Rwabwogo, the Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament; Adolf Mwesige, the Bunyangu County Member of Parliament and Aston Kajara the Mwenge South legislator were all defeated by new comers in politics with some huge difference.
members of parliament in Tooro region suffered defeat in the just conclude ruling
National Resistance Movement-NRM primaries. Sylvia Rwabwogo, the Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament;
Adolf Mwesige, the Bunyangu County Member of Parliament and Aston Kajara the
Mwenge South legislator were all defeated by newcomers in politics.
was defeated in the Fort Portal City Woman Member of Parliament race by Linda
Irene Mugisa with a difference of over 3,000 votes. The same happened to Kajara, a former State Minister of Finance for
Privatization and longtime politician who has represented the same constituency
in parliament for close to 20-years.
Kajara was beaten hands down by Don
Katalihwa, the Director of Kind Uganda, a non-governmental organization that is
fighting HIV/Aids in Kyenjojo. But what could have happened? A number of issues unravelled by URN explain why
the three suffered defeat.
For example, several voters in Fort Portal City, say that Rwabwogo erred when
she caused the imprisonment of Brian Isiko for allegedly stalking her. The 25-year-old
student of YMCA College of Business Studies in Jinja was charged with cyber
harassment and offensive communication following a complaint by the 44-year-old
Even though Buganda Road Court freed Isiko in March this year, Annet Katusiime,
a resident of Fort Portal, argues that the first-time legislator would have
found other means of turning down Isiko’s advances without engaging court.
“I’m not saying that Isiko was right to text love messages to Rwabwogo but as
an old woman fit to be his mother, she would have sat him down and maybe counselled him to stop the vice. It would have been much better,” Katusiime
During one of her campaign rallies, Rwabwogo, who politically scored when she
voted against the lifting of the presidential age limit, explained that Isiko
was not even a Mutooro to enrage the voters. She argued that she has done many good things for
Kabarole and Isiko should have never been an issue in her political career.
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Also, most of Rwabwogo’s constituents accused her of pride and failure to
interact with them every time she returned to Kabarole.
In Kyenjojo, residents say that Kajara who owns Kyenjojo FM proprietor couldn’t
win because he has failed to use his long stay in parliament to lobby for his
They say that most of the roads in Mwenge South are in a terrible condition characterized by potholes, deep galleys and take long without
being repaired. “If we had got good roads, electricity, water and a few income-generating
projects started by the MP or lobbied from Parliament that would be enough for
us. But look at our area, we don’t see much difference between the Mwenge South
of now and the Mwenge South of 10 years back,” says Phillip Asiimwe, a
For Bunyangabu, the Defense and Veterans Affairs minister, who lost to Davis
Kamukama had engaged in a number of issues that were politically harmful. For
instance, Mwesige had for a long time clashed with the LC V chairperson, James
Ategeka Mugarama, because he defeated his preferred candidate Peter Musinguzi in
the 2017 NRM Primaries when Bunyagabu had been carved out of Kabarole.
Since then, Mwesige who has held different ministerial positions since 1996 has
been clashing with Mugarama on different occasions. In October 2018, he invited
Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education to commission
Katugunda Polytechnic College in Kabonero Sub County without Mugarama’s
This stirred anger among residents and leaders who wondered why the minister
would undermine the political head of the district to that extent. Mugarama
wrote another letter to Muyingo advising him not to commission the college,
arguing that the district leadership had invited President Yoweri Museveni for
the same event. To date, the college has never been commissioned.
During the Women’s Day celebrations in 2019 that were held at Rwimi Primary school playground in Bunyangabu, Mwesige was embarrassed before Museveni when
he claimed that all the areas in the district had electricity, which the
residents said was a total lie.
The president then warned the area leaders against telling lies before him and
the residents. The incident greatly tainted Mwesige's image.
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Edward Kyaligonza, a resident of Bunyangabu, says that Mwesige also never
campaigned during the primaries and would always send his agents in the field
to look for his votes.
“In addition, we have very bad roads, we lack
clean water sources, most villages don’t have electricity yet he has been our
MP for over 20 years. There was no reason to keep him in parliament,”