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Why Incumbent LCV Chairpersons in Lango Were Thrown Out

The voters argue that the incumbents were silent on issues affecting them without following on pledges being made by the government.

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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 conducted.

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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.

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