Kagona says they still expect more aspirants to pick up nominations, which are just three days away. The electoral commission has scheduled May 12 and 13 for the nomination of candidates at Omoro District Council hall.
On Thursday, the candidates submitted their nomination forms with copies of their national IDs, copies of their UACE pass slips, ID photos, and copies of the party ID. These were then verified by the party electoral commission which nominated them to vie for the party’s flag.
Dr Besigye was the chief guest during thanksgiving prayers organised by Denis Onekalit Amere, the Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament-elect over the weekend. Amere defeated State Minister for Environment Beatrice Atim Anywar in the January 14, parliamentary polls.
In December, at least 500 NUP supporters in Gulu and Nwoya District including their leaders allegedly crossed to NRM. This week, the NRM party officials again announced the defection of 400 supporters from the opposition FDC to NRM from across Gulu East and West Divisions. Also, 780 NUP coordinators reportedly abandoned their party in Agago District.
The Power 10 group which is part of his popular Plan B strategy was launched before the 2016 election which involved having ten mobilisers at every parish to campaign and guard their votes. Now, this group, Besigye said, split into two with one group having known leaders that are supposed to guard the FDC vote and an anonymous group which will be swinging into action soon.
They include Hellen Adoa, the Serere Woman MP and State Minister for Fisheries, Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang, who has opted to represent the newly created Ngariam County and the Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among. The other is Emilly Sheila Amulo, the aspirant for the Soroti Woman MP seat.
But according to Mao, Dr Kizza Besigye has been a formidable force in challenging Museveni’s rule and that next year’s election is going to be the biggest test for FDC. He says that even though nature abhors a vacuum, Besigye leaves a vacuity that can never be filled.
Out of the nine districts, FDC has only managed to front two aspirants in Kyotera and Rakai Districts for LCV, five aspirants for parliamentary seats and eighteen councillors for local government positions.
The controversy stems from the ongoing candidate’ identification process in which some members of FDC are seeking endorsement from the People Power pressure group, which is coordinated by DP leaders in the area.
Journalist and disability activist, Pat Robert Larubi resigned his job at Mental Health Uganda as Communications Officer and has stormed Tochi County in Omoro District to unseat incumbent Peter Okot of DP.
Subsequently, a group of youth started pelting stones at the police and later blocked Soroti- Lira road, adjacent to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. The other groups took off to the Soroti Sports Ground chanting FDC slogans. They burnt tyres on the road, blocking traffic for about 30 minutes before the police dispersed them.
The raid on the office of the FDC in Kasese comes barely two days after the FDC party headquarters at Najjanankumbi were broken into, stealing a number of items including computers and printers.
Last week, the security operatives also raided the officials of the home of Kalyatha Bwambale, a renowned FDC supporter in Kisolholho village of Kitholu sub county in Kasese.