President Museveni has attributed his party’s lose in the just concluded Woman MP by-election to divisions weakness among the NRM leaders and police.
NRM candidate Winfred Masiko lost to the opposition candidate Betty Muzanira in a four woman-race.
Muzanira garnered 50, 611 while Masiko got 46, 329 votes.
In the third place was former state Minister of public service in charge of pensions Prisca Ssezi Mbaguta who was also once a district Woman MP after he got only 993 votes.
Fabith Kukundakwe of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) trailed with an embarrassing figure of 183 votes.
“Inspite of the divisions among the NRM leaders and attempts to use religion (Catholics vs Protestants) and tribe (Bakiga vs Bahororo-Banyakore), Hon Masiko Winifred won in 114 polling stations out of the total of 280, albeit sometimes, with less majority than before,” President Museveni said in a statement on Saturday.
“Due to the weakness on the side of the police and the NRM leaders, I also hear that there was intimidation of voters by hooligans from Kampala and other areas. I salute those who defied those odds and voted for the NRM,” he added.
Museveni further noted that: “My programmes of wealth creation for the masses, especially the youth, will continue. Some of those groups helped in winning some parts of the municipality.”
“Winning in the big sub-counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje is on account of the steadfastness of our supporters inspite of the confusion among the leaders.”