Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has explained results of recent Uganda by-elections, saying the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has done well despite several weaknesses in the party. He however is unhappy with the political behavour he witnessed in some constituencies, where opponents are tuanted and inimidation rampant.
“The NRM, its organizational weaknesses notwithstanding, has won five of the seven. The NRM wins most of those electoral contests, ever-since 1993 when we had Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, mainly because of the spontaneous goodwill of the population towards the Movement on account of its contribution to security and the economic recovery of the country,” Museveni said in an article he wrote on Friday on by-elections and youth.
He however warned of bad practises which he said the police should not tolerate.
“There are some bad practices that I saw in Kamuli and Kyadondo that should not be repeated. When I was driving to the District headquarters through Kamuli town, I passed through a gathering of Salamu Musumba’s supporters gathered at the round-about in the town, on the two sides of the road, heckling and shouting at me,” Museveni wrote.
“I saw the same practice in Kyadondo East at the junction of Zirobwe road. This is unacceptable. The supporters of the different parties should go to their rally points and, thereafter, walk home; not assemble anywhere to taunt their opponents. The Police should not tolerate that. The turn-up was low in some of these by-elections. Was it due to intimidation?”
Museveni however congratulated all those elected. “I congratulate all those who were elected including the two Independents – Lucy Aciro of Aruu County North and Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a. Bobi Wine of Kyadondo East,” he said.
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