Opposition efforts for Bugiri single candidate collapse


Two huge opposition rallies in Bugiri yesterday dashed all hope for a joint opposition candidate for the newly Bugiri Municipality.

FDC’s Eunice Namatende and JEEMA’s Asuman Basaalirwa held rallies at Bugiri taxi park and Hindocha Primary school grounds respectively which split the opposition charges.

Most FDC politicians attended Namatende’s rally at Bugiri taxi park while other opposition figure notably Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine among other MPs and DP politicians were at Hindocha with Basaalirwa.

Basalirwa’s rally at Hindocha primary school grounds

This was the ugly end to efforts that had been spearheaded by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke and former Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo to harmonise the positions of the two candidates.

At a press conference on Thursday morning at Fairway Hotel in Kampala, former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye expressed regret that the opposition failed to agree on a single candidate.
“There were engagements for a single candidate which regrettably did not happen, we hope the engagements will continue during the campaigns,” Besigye said.

He urged opposition supporters not let what is transpiring in Bugiri undermine the broader cause of the opposition.

Nambooze added her voice saying, “the struggle we are engaged in is not about parties nor religion and tribe, it is about Uganda.”

Nambooze said that much as they had failed to agree on a single candidate, efforts should be made to make one of the two candidates to emerge winner.

Namatende was nominated on Tuesday, June 5 while Basaalirwa got nominated on Wednesday before both candidates held parallel rallies on the same day which according to Kyanjo offered opportunity for making an informed assessment of the ground.

“We think that at some time before the elections, we may reach a surprise agreement. It continues to haunt us that we haven’t agreed on a single candidate [and] it keeps coming up from the public (asking) why can’t we agree the way we agreed in Jinja and Rukungiri,” Kyanjo said.

Kyanjo said that much as they have so far failed to agree, they should never fail to discuss the matter.