A failure to unite against what they call a common enemy, the National Resistance Movement, has cost Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), National Unity Platform (NUP) and Democratic Party (DP) in the Busongora County South constituency by-election that concluded today with the NRM candidate Thembo Gideon Mujungu declared winner.
While announcing the results from the tallying of the votes cast on 18th August 2022, the Returning Officer for Kasese Electoral District, Atwijukire Ismeail Takih, declared that Mujungu got 12, 088 votes to emerge the winner.
In second place is Jackson Mbaju of NUP with 6, 866 votes, followed by Kighema Alozious Baguma of FDC who got 5, 564 votes in third.
David Mulindwa Isimbwa, an Independent in the fourth position, got 2, 093 while Benadet Businge of DP got 84 votes and Doreen Zagiire, an Independent got 32 votes to finish fifth and sixth respectively.
Hypothetically speaking, when added together, DP, FDC & NUP’s votes make a sum good enough to outwit NRM. The three opposition political parties would have collected 12, 514 against NRM’s 12, 088.
But because of a lack of unity between these opposition parties, they have let the ruling party, NRM, get away with it.
Of course, in these past two months, FDC and NUP have collaborated in Soroti City East Division, Gogonyo County and Bukimbiri County and lost; it is worth noting that these are NRM strongholds and the opposing parties barely had any support apart from Soroti City East.
But it is a well-known fact that Kasese district is an FDC stronghold perhaps NUP should have sat this out and rallied behind FDC.