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Day January 22, 2010

Mbale Municipality and Bye-election

I was equally inspired and saw some of the very women arrested in Kampala here in Mbale yesterday escorting their Mbale Municipality FDC Flag Bearer in the MP Bye-election. Though not seen but attached are some various nomination pictures. FDC Candidate is Mr. Jack Wamayi Wamanga and the one in yellow is Dr. Mutende James an NRMO Independent as I missed the rest due to rain.

mbale 1

mbale 2


Mbale 4

Yes, the rivalry that was witnessed at declaration of NRMO Primaries was mainly about votes being rigged by the camp of Wamboko as alleged by the other Candidates of the same Party. I only observed the process at the last hour and this has sharply divided them despite intervention of Amama Mbabazi and others like Dorothy Hyuha and it so happens that the next NRM Anniversary is to be held here in Mbale Municipality at the Maluku, the District Headquarters with M7 gracing the occassion. Lydia Wanyoto is very busy here and it rounds up the question of marriage in affirmative. Mbale Municipality composes of three Divisions i.e Industrial Division( commonly home of immigrants from Karamoja, Teso, Bugwere), Northern Division( commonly home of immigrants from Budadiri or Sironko and Teso) and Wanale Division ( where most high earners of Mbale standards reside with a few wanainchi on the surburbs). It is between Bungokho North Constituency and Bungokho South Constituency all of Mbale District. I will look through my records and send you the Mbale Map such that you are factfully updated

Now a question lingers in the minds of responsible people here whether the two camps want the usual Presidential intervention or handshake or resource envelope etc as he comes or truely in the race to the end given the fact that the FDC Candidate is equally a strong Candidate who began his ground work months ago. I did some survey and came across many NRM diehards disappointed at their primaries and determined to celebrate should the FDC man win!!! Watch this space as updates flock and iam sorry to have delayed your reply.
David mabonga

UAH Forumist


The sun will shine on a Mukono South election 2011 without Janat Mukwaya

People wandering around Mukono town

It is interesting that the medi

a reports and commentary have either deliberately or unknowingly steered clear of Janat Mukwaya’s reputation in Mukono South. They have instead, in typical fashion, chosen to applaud her on an involuntary decision to quit – which by the way us lot in Mukono South already new about. Not because Mukwaya told us BUT because the writing was written on the wall.

Seeking re-election in the face of an imminent loss would not only have resulted in disaster for this veteran minister and former bush fighter but also a telling commentary on the friable state of the Museveni government – a gigantic edifice of repression, corruption, ineptitude and malfunction.

People here are so fed up, like no other in this country, of their MP. Mukwaya’s reputation in this, my home constituency, had fallen like a sack of hammers that there was no way back if she dared seek re-election. A look at the previous two elections would certainly tell you why. In the election before the last, she had her nose rubbed in mud by Wasswa Kanakulya, only the latter to be stripped of the seat as his academic qualifications were later found not to fit the bill; a misfortune that meant Mukwaya was in to share the spoils. We all know how she was vehemently wrestled in the most recent election.

Traders in Mukono market

This woman, I respect for her services to constituency and country, had no other option than to quit politics to avoid getting battered in 2011 and no amount of her trademark intimidation and all sorts of election malpractices would have stopped the people of Mukono South to unleash punishment. Oh yes! Mukwaya – like Museveni – is incapable of winning a free and fair election. Particularly the last two elections have been marred in Mukwaya engineered intimidation/threats (and some times, low key violence), and coercion of voters or her opponents.

Most of these things have gone unreported by the mainstream media BUT the are all too common here. Her departure brings a sense of relief BUT it is not the end of coercion here.

Now there is talk of NRM fronting, in 2011, Mrs Sekiziyivu, a woman without any known close ties with Mukono South, although she occupies the district’s women’s seat and lives in Mukono North – migrated here from Kiboga where she was Woman MP, (1992-1996). NRM peer, Bakaluba Mukasa, the man who was at the heart of rigging in the disputed Mukono North election rambles on; may also have a last ditch effort here, in Mukono South, as Nambooze makes Mukono North a no-go zone not for him in 2011. That is not to say we do not have home-grown talent here who may throw their hat in the ring.

I am not so sure whether there are any NRM votes left here. Mr Museveni was here recently and the locals largely snubbed his visit; and it easy to see why most of them stayed away. There is genuine and ever-growing resentment in this resilient corner of arguably the most dynamic district in the country. The president’s continued cajoling of support out of voters here (on promises – which we have heard before in previous campaigns – of the laying of Mukono-Katosi road) has so far fallen on deaf ears. What they did painfully note though was his belittling remark, during his ‘Bonna Bagagawale’ promotional tour, that he didn’t understand “why people ask for power and tarmac roads when they have no incomes”…adding that “you first buy the shoes you will use to walk on the tarmac”. The roads here – all loosely surfaced – are despicably potholed, dusty, largely impassable and accident hotspots in most parts of the year.

Whatever happens, anyway, the sun will shine on a Mukono South election 2011 without Mukwaya.

Kalule Mbowa is a native of resident of Mukono South – Lived and schooled here and will probably die here.

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