Voters in Lango sub-region have explained why they voted out the
incumbent LCV Chairpersons in last week’s elections.
According to records, the Uganda Peoples’ Congress-UPC party took five
positions of LCV Chairpersons in the Lango sub-region. The party won in
the districts of Apac, Alebtong, Amolatar, Kwania and Otuke, they defeated the
incumbents who were contesting on the NRM party ticket.
The voters argue that the incumbents were silent on issues
affecting them without following on pledges being made by the government.
Nelson Opio, from Dokolo District where the incumbent; Fredrick Dickens Odongo
lost to a District councillor under the FDC party ticket, says several
unfulfilled government pledges like compensation of livestock lost during the
insurgency are the reason they voted him out.
Opio explained that the voters realized that the incumbents were
riding on government pledges to secure themselves votes.
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Moses Ongom Okoch, from Oyam District, attributes the defeat to lack
of transparency and mismanagement of government funds meant for developmental
projects in their areas of jurisdiction.
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He also sighted mismanagement of COVID-19 funds as a big blow to
the political career of the LCV chairpersons. Adding that the incumbents will
have to watch and learn from their new counterparts how leaderships should be
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Francis Ogema Awany, a political analyst in the Lango region says
that voting the chairpersons out is payback time.
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Awany added that the incumbent’s dependence on their party
structures also contributed to their defeat.