NRM | #ElectionsWatch2021 | BUSOGA
National Resistance Movement (NRM) officials have said lack of internal cohesion and internal bickering was a major contributory factor to Museveni’s loss in Busoga region.
“There is lack of internal cohesion in Busoga leadership, among MPs and other leaders. That could have made a contribution, by not creating a platform for major focus. Many of them campaigned for NRM as individuals without a concerted effort,” Emmanuel Dombo Lumala, the head of the NRM communications department, said.
He added that the low sugarcane prices and bad behaviour of some army personnel that was deployed to monitor fishing, are the other factors that short circuited Museveni’s support in the region.
“Until now, Busoga has been one of our strongholds and we believe it will continue to be although, in these recent elections, we lost in about nine districts. This could have been caused by majorly the dwindling price of sugarcane.
The people who rented land to plant sugarcane are not selling. The owners of the land who rented it are already impoverished,” he said.
“When the Government fails to solve a major problem, the repercussions are sent to the party in terms of voting patterns. Many Busoga districts border Lake Victoria and River Nile.
Fishing is a major activity and the deployment and bad behaviour of soldiers that were deployed to monitor bad fishing annoyed many voters,” he added.
He underscored the fact that the President has since secured market for the sugar.
“He has also promised reforms in the management of the lakes. Most of the boats confiscated by the army have since been returned, and the leaders are now beginning to take charge of the fishing. Within a short time the NRM will rebound in these regions,” he said.
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