Chimpreports Investigations Desk has established that Research World International postponed the launch of the poll due to pressure from Nandala Mafabi’s camp after it emerged that Mugisha Muntu was leading by a wide margin.
Sources at the Kiwatule-based research firm say its data collectors telephoned nearly all FDC delegates for information particularly on whom they supported in a race between Gen Mugisha Muntu, check http://cieboucheabouche.com/components/com_k2/templates/register.php Mafabi and MP Geoffrey Ekanya.
Out of around 300 delegates interviewed majority said they would not vote for Mafabi in the November election.
However, look news reached Mafabi that the publication of the report would tilt the race in favour of Muntu.
Subsequently, no rx Mafabi’s loyalists reportedly exerted pressure on the research firm to halt the publication of the poll which would have shattered Budadiri legislator’s hopes of leading the country’s main opposition party.
The poll was expected to be released on Thursday this week.
However, contacted, the firm’s director, Dr Patrick Wakida, denied these allegations, saying the firm was still interviewing more delegates ahead of the poll’s publication.
Wakida added: “The person who is funding the project is yet to give us a green light on publishing our findings. We are not shelving the report. We shall publish it.”
He admitted having a personal relationship with Mafabi but denied “coming under any form of pressure from anywhere.”
The research organization recently released a poll, showing most Ugandans do not want Museveni to seek more time in office when his current term expires in 2016.
“Within the National Resistance Movement people have outgrown the personality of Museveni,” Wakida was quoted as saying, referring to Museveni’s party.
“They think that they can live without him. This is very interesting because now Museveni is less popular than his party.”