As the campaign period in Hoima inches closer to its conclusion tomorrow, both the National Unity Platform (NUP) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have marshaled their respective party heavyweights to bolster their candidates.
Anticipation is mounting as both President Museveni and Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi are slated to join the campaign trail in these final two days.
The Hoima LC5 by-election campaigns have now reached their zenith. The campaign timeline, which commenced on September 1, is entering its last phase as candidates exert their ultimate efforts to secure the backing of the 100,396 registered voters.
The by-election is slated for September 14, a vacancy arising due to the tragic passing of Kadiri Kirungi in a road accident on March 17 in Kiboga District.
As the campaign period draws to a close, both NUP and NRM have rallied their respective party leaders to galvanize support for their candidates. NUP’s campaign is spearheaded by Mr. Moses Aguuda, the party’s candidate in the race.
He has confirmed that NUP’s central leadership will provide a boost to their campaign starting today. Mr. Kyagulanyi is also scheduled to campaign in Hoima District for two days, commencing today.
On the flip side, NRM has established a formidable presence in Hoima District, with Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja and other influential figures actively participating in the campaign trail since last Thursday. Mr. Emmanuel Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communications and Public Relations, mentioned that they have extended an invitation to President Museveni to visit Hoima District on the final day of the campaign to rally support for their candidate.
Clarifying the situation, the Hoima District Returning Officer, Ms. Merab Kasande, stated that as of Sunday morning, no official communication regarding alterations to the campaign schedule had been received. Mr. Jackson Bogere, the Hoima District Police Commander, underscored the readiness of security forces to provide protection to all candidates, irrespective of their political affiliations.
This by-election has attracted five nominated candidates from various political backgrounds. Three candidates secured nominations through party tickets, including Mr. Patrick Musinguzi (Forum for Democratic Change), Mr. Uthuman Mugisha Mubaraka (NRM), and Mr. Moses Aguuda (NUP). Additionally, two Independent candidates, Mr. Vincent Muhumuza and Mr. Lenox Mugume, have thrown their hats into the ring.
The campaign itineraries for the candidates have been harmonized by the Electoral Commission. NUP’s candidate will dedicate today’s efforts to Kigorobya and Buseruka sub-counties, with the campaign concluding in Kitoba Sub-county tomorrow.
In the NRM camp, a concerted push has been made to persuade other contenders in the race to withdraw in favor of their flag bearer, Mr. Mugisha. However, Mr. Muhumuza, an Independent candidate who came second in the NRM primaries, opted to remain in the race, declining job offers.
To grasp the significance of the Hoima LC5 by-election, one must consider the performance of political parties in the 2021 general elections in the district. The NRM showcased a dominant performance in the presidential poll, while NUP faced challenges in gaining traction within the district’s political landscape.