Museveni, Besigye to face off in Rukungiri

Edris Kiggundu

Edris Kiggundu

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President Museveni and his major opponent Dr Kizza Besigye could cross paths today in Rukungiri where a crucial by election is slated for May 31.

The NRM said yesterday that Museveni will be in Rukungiri today to canvass votes for the party flag bearer, Winnie Matsiko.

According to the brief statement, the president will camp in the district till Tuesday May 29.

On his part, Besigye, a born of Rukungiri, has been in the district for more than a week now, mobilising support for FDC’s Betty Muzanira who successfully challenged Matsiko election in court.

Rukungiri is one of the districts where Besigye defeated Museveni in the 2016 elections

However, NRM still retains sizeable support and at this point, it is difficult to tell which party will carry the day.

Museveni has over the last couple of months tried to sway the district to the NRM side.

In April, he donated money, trucks, mini buses and an assortment of machinery worth over Sh s5 billion to 110 groups of people in district, ostensibly to help them fight poverty.

A win for either party will deal a psychological blow to another.

Senior NRM leaders that hail from the district have been on the ground trying to whip out support for Matsiko.

On Sunday, retired UPDF Generals Jim Muhwezi and Henry Tumukunde, together with State Minister Chris Baryomunsi jointly called for reconciliation among all rivaling NRM members in Rukungiri district ahead of the Thursday polls.

The three leaders were addressing the top district leaders’ meeting held in Rukungiri Municipality.

Muhwezi said: “Unity among party members would earn NRM a landslide victory on Thursday next week.”

He added that his office as the NRM district chairperson was keeping all its doors open to members for any constructive views intended to help NRM regain this parliamentary woman seat.

Tumukunde urged the district leadership to embrace a bigger picture of helping NRM win the by-election other than popularising individual sentiments that may cause further divisions and split voters.



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