NUP faces uphill battle in Masaka

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NUP faces uphill battle in Masaka
NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi (second-left) at an event in Lwengo, part of the Greater Masaka | Zainab Ssengendo

The National Unity Platform (NUP) faces a tough challenge in retaining the Masaka constituency in the 2026 general elections.

Despite winning the seat in 2021, NUP's popularity in the area seems to be waning, and several factors are contributing to this decline.

Infighting and party disunity

Internal conflicts and power struggles within NUP's Masaka chapter have weakened the party's grassroots support. Factionalism and disagreements over party leadership and strategy have led to a divided membership, undermining the party's ability to mobilize voters effectively.

Disillusioned voters

Some voters who supported NUP in 2021 are now disillusioned with the party's performance and perceived lack of progress on campaign promises. Unfulfilled expectations and a sense of betrayal may lead to voter apathy or defections to other parties.

Rise of new political forces

New political players have emerged in Masaka, attracting disenchanted voters and posing a challenge to NUP's dominance.

These new forces, such as the Democratic Party and independent candidates, are capitalizing on NUP's weaknesses and gaining traction among voters seeking alternative representation.

In conclusion, NUP faces an uphill battle in retaining Masaka in 2026 due to internal conflicts, disillusioned voters, the rise of new political forces, and the incumbency factor.

To regain momentum, NUP must address its internal divisions, reconnect with voters, and demonstrate tangible progress on campaign promises. Failure to do so may result in a loss of support and a change in political leadership in Masaka.

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