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Hoima LC5 By-Election Campaigns Reach Fever Pitch as Bobi Wine and Museveni Square Off

The Hoima LC5 by-election campaigns in Uganda have reached a climax as the National Unity Platform (NUP) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) prepare for a showdown. The campaign period, which started on September 1, is now in its final stretch as candidates vie for the support of the 100,396 registered voters. The by-election is slated for September 14.

The position fell vacant following the tragic death of Kadiri Kirungi in a road accident at Mataagi Village in Bukomero Town Council on the Kampala-Hoima Highway in Kiboga District on March 17.

As the campaign period nears its conclusion, both NUP and NRM have marshalled their respective party bigwigs to rally behind their candidates.

The NUP campaign is being led by the party’s candidate, Mr. Moses Aguuda. Aguuda confirmed that their camp would be bolstered by NUP party leaders from headquarters starting today. He expressed confidence in NUP president, Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s ability to influence voters, stating that “his words are convincing.”

On the other hand, the NRM party has established a robust presence in Hoima District, with Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja and other influential figures joining the campaign trail. The party’s Director for Communications and Public Relations, Mr. Emmanuel Dombo, revealed that they have invited President Museveni to drum up support for their candidate.

This by-election has attracted five nominated candidates reflecting a diverse mix of political affiliations. The contestants include Mr. Patrick Musinguzi of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Mr. Uthuman Mugisha Mubaraka of NRM, and Mr. Moses Aguuda from NUP. The two Independent candidates are Mr. Vincent Muhumuza and Mr. Lenox Mugume.

As per the Electoral Commission’s harmonised campaign programme, NUP’s candidate will focus his campaign efforts today in the sub-counties of Kigorobya and Buseruka while tomorrow, he will conclude his campaign in the Kitoba Sub-county.

In the NRM camp, efforts have concentrated on persuading other contenders in the race to step down in favor of their flag bearer, Mr. Mugisha. However, Mr. Muhumuza declined the job offers, stood firm and chose to remain in the race.

To understand the significance of the Hoima LC5 by-election, it is crucial to consider the performance of political parties in the 2021 general elections in the district. The NRM emerged victorious in the presidential poll, with President Museveni securing 38,431 votes, while Mr. Kyagulanyi of NUP garnered 10,973 votes.

The Hoima District Police Commander, Mr. Jackson Bogere, emphasized that the security forces are prepared to provide security for all candidates, irrespective of their political affiliations.

With both parties putting in their last efforts to sway the voters, the Hoima LC5 by-election is shaping up to be a riveting political event. With only three days left to the eagerly-awaited poll, the atmosphere is charged as the voters prepare to make their voices heard.

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