Why NRM lost Butambala elections to DP?
President Museveni’s political party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) on Wednesday lost Butambala county MP by elections to DP’s Muwanga Kivumbi.
Muwanga Kivumbi polled 14,754 votes against his closest challenger NRM’s Faisal Kikulukunyu who polled 12,792. Uganda Federal Alliance’s Ibrahim Tomusage polled third with 150 votes while Independent candidate, Shafiq Sentamu came fourth with 124 votes and another Independent candidate Farouk Walungama polled 60 votes. The seat fell vacant after Court overturned the election of NRM’s Faisal Kikulukunyu over electoral irregularities.
But many people were left wondering why NRM lost this election yet its candidate was so popular in Butambala and above all an incumbent. However our informers on the ground have been told that Kikulukunyu lost the seat not because he was bad but because of the party that fronted him, NRM. The people of Butambala told us that when President Museven and his wife went to Butanbala they annoyed, embarrassed and reminded the people there why they should not and never again vote for NRM and people who are friends to Museveni’s family. The president’s convoy of cars that move at the expence of people’s money got stuck in the ‘very bad’, very dust in sunny times and very muddy roads in rainy seasons.
The people of Butambala told our informers that most roads in their area had not been repaired for the last 25 years only Museveni going there for votes. Museveni had last been in Butambala during the bush war that brought him to power in 1986, according to some of the people we interviewed in Butambala.