The National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate in the Gogonyo by-election Derrick Orone has promised to give a helping hand and aid various groups in the constituency if voted into office. Orone, speaking on Thursday at the launch of his campaign in Gogonyo Sub-county, Pallisa District, also promised unity and reconciliation.
“Similar to what I promised in 2021, I’ll concentrate on giving a helping hand to improve your socioeconomic situation by aiding the various groups of elders, women, youth, and church leaders,” a youthful Orone said.
The Gogonyo Country seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal ruled that the incumbent, Derrick Orone was 2021 irregularly elected following a petition by his rival Issa Bantalib Taligola. Taligola ran to Mbale High Court claiming that there was an excess of 16 polling stations and falsification of results during the 2021 voting process.
Now Orone, who had replaced Francis Mukula, faces competition from the man responsible for this by-election Taligola, an independent candidate, and Joseph Okoboi Opolot, the National Unity Platform (NUP) flagbearer.
To ensure that Orone wins, the NRM is assembling a strong team led by the party’s Director for Mobilisation, Rosemary Seninde. Seninde, the former Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament, is confident Orone will win the race with a huge margin.
“For us, as NRM, we’re very confident and want to re-assure the people of Uganda, particularly the NRM supporters, that when we come to campaign, we don’t come to lose, we come to win because we know what we’re campaigning for and the kind of message to deliver,” Seninde said.
Adding: “My humble appeal to the people of Gogonyo is to keep calm; this election is not about fighting but electing a leader of their choice who will co-operate with the government that’s none other than Orone Derrick.”
Orone has rallied his supporters to vote for leaders that will work closely with the government for easy implementation of the NRM Manifesto.