Campaigns for Uganda’s Presidential Elections Heats up

January 1, 2016 11:48 am0 comments by:

By Joseph Elunya
As polling day draws close in Uganda, it’s increasingly becoming clear that the contest is between three out of the eight presidential candidates.
About 15.2 million Ugandans will be casting their votes next month in an election that has attracted eight presidential candidates including the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is seeking a fifth term in office.
However as the campaigns heats up, it’s becoming clear that the race is between President Museveni and his arch rival Dr. Kiiza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.
A recent poll conducted by the Daily Monitor newspaper put the incumbent Yoweri Museveni in the lead closely followed by Dr. Kiiza Besigye. Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who is contesting as an independent candidate came third.
Next month’s election is likely to be the toughest for President Museveni who has ruled Uganda for the last 29 years. His arch rival Dr. Kiiza Besigye key campaign message is “defiance” while the former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is advocating for reform throughout his campaign.
As polling day draws closer the race is turning into a Museveni-Besigye and Amama affair. The other candidates have hardly attracted public attention going by the number of people who attend their rallies.
The only female contender Maureen Kyalya left for the United Kingdom shortly after nomination and has remained holed up there as her competitors go on with campaigns.
Other candidates like Joseph Mabirizi and Maj. Gen Benon Biraro have hardly covered 30 out of the 111 districts of Uganda. Even in areas where they have gone they have failed to attract crowds.
Come February 18th Ugandans will be casting their votes in a heavily monetized election punctuated by violence.
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