The delayed release and mismanagement of the party’s campaign resources
have been blamed for the National Resistance Movement- NRM poor performance in last month’s general polls.
The NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni was defeated
in Masaka City where he garnered the lowest percentage.
Museveni scored 21.655 in Masaka City. The other districts
where Museveni registered poor performance are; Wakiso where he polled 21.82%,
Kampala 23.92%, Butambala 25.63%, and Mukono where he polled 25.71%. These
districts were won by the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential candidate, Robert
According to election results, 70,791 voters voted on January
14th in Masaka City. And only 14,992 people translating to 21.65% voted
for Museveni against 53,444 votes accounting for 77.18% who voted for Robert
The election tally sheet for Masaka City indicates that Museveni
won at only five out of a total of 191 polling stations. They are Masaka market
triangle polling station where he polled 285 votes, representing 82
percent. The other polling stations won by Museveni are; Kisijjagirwa
[N-Z] with 65% Kisijjagirwa [A-M] with 70%, Kisijjagirwa [N-Z]
with 57% and Kisenyi Pri. Sch with 53%.
However, Museveni scored less than 20% at 91 polling stations.
Vincent Agaba, the NRM Chairperson for Kitovu Nnume Parish of
Nyendo-Mukungwe division attributes the voting pattern to internal party
weaknesses that contributed to their poor performance in the area.
He blames the NRM’s party Secretariat of failure to facilitate
campaign activities through which they would have outperformed NUP which
dominated the area. Agaba argues that even the inadequate funds that were
released did not go beyond the district level, leaving the majority of the
lower level mobilizers disgruntled.
He adds that unlike in the previous elections, they failed to
cater for transportation of weaker persons to their respective polling station,
yet their votes have usually counted for the NRM.
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Agaba has also noted that the majority of the 30-people village
committees of the NRM are no longer functional in many parts of Masaka city
where some were even deceptive, adding that the existing vacuum also
disadvantaged the party in terms of voluntary mobilization and real
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Faisal Sseruwagi, the NRM youth Chairperson for Masaka City who
also coordinated Yoweri Museveni’s Votes Protection Units in the greater Masaka
sub-region however, attributes the loss to intimidation against their
supporters by the opposition vigilante groups that stayed at many polling
stations on the voting day.
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Over the weekend, the NRM Vice Chairperson in-charge of Buganda
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi commissioned an inquest into the factors that
contributed to the NRM poor elections performance in the