Moment Of Truth: Will Bukenya Tame DP For Busiro MP Seat?


capsule geneva; font-size: small;”>Unlike in the past, healing Bukenya faces stiff challenge from DP mobilisers who stormed the area a month ago to canvass support for their candidate.

MPs Joseph Sewungu (Kalungu West), Muhammad Kawuma (Entebbe Municipality) and Sebuliba Mutumba (Kawempe North) have since turned up in Busiro to drum up support for Hussein.

DP mobilisers carried out door-to-door campaigns, discrediting Bukenya, a politician who has of recent been running up and down over cases of corruption at the Anti-Corruption Court.

Bukenya has been spending considerable time meeting his lawyers in Kampala to forge a way of surviving a possible conviction for a corruption case in which he is accused of unlawfully awarding a contract to Motorcare for supply of luxury BMW cars during the 2007 Chogm.

Insiders revealed anti-Bukenya camp in NRM has been dispatching sacks of money to help DP defeat the so-called mahogany politician.

Today’s voting exercise comes at a time when Bukenya’s political score board is wanting following the Red Pepper exposure of his colourful private life.

The Catholic Church, which was once behind Bukenya, seems to have thrown in the towel after the former vice president was named in a string of sex scandals.

In a desperate bid to save his political career, Bukenya appointed NRM firebrand rebel MP Mohammed Nsereko to protect his votes from being stolen.

The election also comes on the backdrop of last week’s victory of DP candidate Brendah Nabukenya who floored NRM’s Nalwanga for Luweero Women MP.

The loss sent shivers down the spines of NRM strategists who thought Luweero was the ruling party’s stronghold.

The DP nostalgic wave could pull new hearts to Hussein.

What is likely to save Bukenya’s candidature is his deep pockets and also having engineered hundreds of poverty-eradication schemes in Kakiri.

The projects employ over 3,000 youths in the region thus touching lives of a good number of voters.

Bukenya is likely to attract a sympathy vote given the political and legal troubles (including being sentenced to Luzira) he has faced in the last two months.

Despite being hugely unpopular, former Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo in 2006 swept Bufumbira County East polls, courtesy of a sympathy block vote following a tragic road accident that killed his entire family.

Bukenya has been riding on the split in the NRM to woo voters. He says a clique of NRM officials has been behind his misery.

Other candidates in the race are Teopista Kanzara and Henry Kiwuuwa.

However, violence is hugely expected after DP deployed over 200 muscular men to guard Hussein’s votes.


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