Musisi, who is running on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket seeks to unseat the incumbent LCV Chairperson Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka. NRM has dominated the Nakaseke LCV chairperson’s seat since the district was operationalized in 2005.
Musisi, the first opposition candidate for the Nakaseke LCV Chairperson seat is
facing an uphill task to make inroads in the National Resistance Movement-NRM
Musisi, who is running on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket seeks to unseat the incumbent LCV Chairperson Ignatius Koomu
Kiwanuka. NRM has dominated the Nakaseke LCV chairperson’s seat since the
district was operationalized in 2005.
Koomu sailed through unopposed since there was no competitor to challenge him. Musisi
has unveiled his 10 point program manifesto with the hope of wooing voters and
clinch the seat for the opposition.
The manifesto largely focuses on improving agricultural
services, protecting land rights, lobbying job opportunities for youths, better
health and education services among others. Musisi has
already embarked on a campaign trail to reach out to voters in the 441 villages
that makeup Nakaseke district to vote for him.
According to Musisi, NRM has forgotten
the area when it comes to service delivery for the last 35 years despite its
contribution to the bush war that ushered it in power.
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Some voters in
Nakaseke central constituency has welcomed Musisi’s manifesto as good, saying it’s
time to vote opposition candidates because of disappointments by NRM leaders.
Muhamadi Lubwama, a resident of Magoma trading centre in Kikamulo Sub County,
says that several people are unhappy with the NRM government over the delayed
compensation of veterans and rehabilitation on installations that were
destroyed during the NRA war of 1981-1986.
Some of the residents complained of the
delayed tarmacking of Luwero-Kiwoko-Ngoma road and several other unfulfilled
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faces an uphill task to campaign in Nakaseke North constituency, which is
characterized by intimidation of agents and hostility towards the opposition
candidates. The constituency also hosts a large number of voters capable of
making a candidate win the District chairperson’s seat.
comprises Ngoma, Kinyogogga, Wakyato, Kinoni sub-counties and Ngoma town
council. In past campaigns, opposition candidates including Presidential
candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was welcomed by empty venues because of threats by
state operatives and NRM leaders directed at voters.
In 2011, the FDC candidate for Nakaseke North, Moses Kabalema was attacked and
his vehicles set ablaze because he supported the opposition. Since then,
no other opposition candidate has contested in the area. Last week, NRM Enock
Nyongore was nominated unopposed as Nakaseke North parliamentary candidate.
Nyongore said that voters in the area only vote for NRM candidate, saying he is
confident that the NRM candidate Ignatius Koomu will receive overwhelming
support. Nyongore is Koom’s chief campaigner in the constituency. The constituency is known for massively voting for NRM and President Yoweri
In 2016, President Museveni scored 76.2 per cent of the 64,557 votes cast in Nakaseke
followed by Dr Besigye came second with 21.2 per cent. Majority of Museveni’s votes
came from the constituency. In some polling stations, NRM candidates and President
Museveni scored 100 per cent amidst complaints of irregularities.
Asked how he will make inroads in such an area, Musisi downplayed the hostility
and said residents are also ready for change. Other candidates facing
challenges to campaign in the area are Esther Nakawooya, the DP candidate for
the woman parliamentary seat and her NUP rival, Violet Nakalema.