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POLL: Ugandans See Lukwago, Muhoozi, Tumwebaze, Mafabi as Presidential Material

Poll results indicated that Ugandans see the four as presidential material

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ChimpReports two weeks ago commenced an online poll, asking readers, “Beyond Museveni, Besigye and Mbabazi, who can make a better president?”

The question was exposed to 77,000 people on Facebook and 2,000 on Twitter. Several Ugandans sent in their choices on our WhatsApp number and email address.

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With the 1986-ers gradually leaving the political stage, it became clear during the survey that Ugandans are eager for a youthful leader who appreciates the interests of the young generation.

Lukwago

Commenting on our Facebook page, Maionzer Ambrose, observed that Uganda needs “a result-oriented person, a bit young and has little or no connection with the current people who failed the country in the first place.”

He added: “We need a game changer.”

While several respondents argued that Lukwago had “presidential stamina” and that he is a “defender of the common man’s interests”, his opponents said his brand would be a hard sell.

“It’s hard to sell a Lukwago brand outside Buganda or Kampala,” said Dan Oumo Ateker; while Robert Katoto observed that the Mayor is a “warmonger with a lot of egoism. He is just a non-performer who can’t make any change in Kampala.”

Muhoozi

While Maj Gen Muhoozi maintains he is contented serving in the armed forces, several respondents said he had the potential to lead the country.

A one Eriya said Muhoozi is a “disciplined and quiet leader.”

Another respondent said Muhoozi “will be like Uhuru in Kenya. He will listen to the young people of the country because he is always with us…we love him, big up!”

James Wako observed that Muhoozi Kainerugaba “is the best person to become President in 2021 or 2026,” adding, “He is intelligent, very down-to-earth; the young people of this country can relate to him and you can be sure he will hand over power after two terms in office.”

Wako added that Muhoozi’s character is like that of “his famous uncle (Salim Saleh) who although fought more than all those other characters for the liberation of this country exhibits no ambition for power and is loved by the ordinary people!”

The respondent said “Muhoozi will prioritize the youth of this country unlike the current NRM bunch. They spend billions and billions of shillings on veterans and I don’t know what…meanwhile the youth get a pittance. We want a young, brilliant, dedicated leader (we are tired of the oldies) and that leader is Maj General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.”

Tumwebaze

Other respondents said Information and ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze is an “orator” and “handsome” hence being a force to reckon with in the post-Museveni era.

“He has inspired many youth groups, listens to everyone and is a good mobiliser,” said Ben Wasswa.

But, said Wasswa, Tumwebaze defends government even when it’s in the wrong and spearheaded the ousting of Mayor Lukwago.

Another respondent said Tumwebaze is “the only one in NRM who can speak fluently and defeat political opponents in a debate.”

Gen Muntu

Boaz, a Ugandan living in United States told this website that FDC President Retired Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu would make a better president.

He said Muntu is “humble, composed, thoughtful, disciplined, professional, incorruptible and a terrific patriot.”

He added: “To be very honest to you, I am neither on the side of Museveni nor the current opposition leadership but on the side of the future of Uganda as a whole. I am neutral but unhappy with the trends of leadership under the Kampala administration.”

East Africa Legislative Assembly Speaker, Dan Kidega also strikes some Ugandans as a potential head of state. His fans say he is ‘level-headed.’

Some respondents backed former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika, saying he was the best candidate much as he “doesn’t know how to mobilize people.”

Byanyima

Other respondents said they would support Norbert Mao, Abdu Katuntu, Alan Sewanyana, Winnie Byanyima and Rebecca Kadaga.

For Byanyima, a respondent said she would make a good president because “she is very highly educated,” adding, “Secondly she is very aware of the politics of this country as she was directly involved in parliament and has continued to be involved indirectly through Kizza Besigye.”

The respondent said Byanyima “has exposure from abroad and as an insider looking in from outside, it gives her better perspective on how to govern. Finally, she has no bush war stories to narrate to us, so we shall finally be freed of the endless chest thumps from these excuses of liberators.”

John Michael, said Byanyima is a potential president due to her “impeccable record in the fight against corruption, backed with her professional experience both nationally and internationally in the diplomatic front. She could also be a bridge to reconcile the country which is increasingly being polarised on regional basis.”

On the other hand, supporters of Mafabi said they admired his “consistency, love for the nation, being incorruptible and is always there for the oppressed.”

John Michael further said “for Nathan Mafabi, he provides a by-the-book kind of leader, an economist who may run the country based on factual information rather than the speculation bias. Also for a regional change.”

Observations   

During the poll, we realised that the country has been hugely polarized by the uncompromising political ideology of the opposition and resistant attitude of the ruling party.

Michael for example suggested that Byanyima could “be a bridge to reconcile the country which is increasingly being polarised on regional basis.”

We further observed that sentiments of regional imbalance and exclusion could in future prepare ground for an ethnic conflict.

One of the respondents said “regional balance is needed in the long run to help other regions get finances to educate and impart skills for less privileged Ugandans,” adding, “Currently it seems all the top professional jobs especially in government are occupied by Ugandans from the greater western region.  This has to change to bring about regional balance.”

A respondent noted that Museveni has uniquely done some great job for Uganda “and we appreciate, but he has also had his failings as a person and as a leader. Nevertheless, he will never be there forever however much he desires. So, what happens to the country next after his departure?”

It was clear to us that while the country continues to grapple with a leadership crisis especially in low ranking positions; many distrust the current youthful leaders.

A supporter of Dr Kizza Besigye observed: “To be honest I don’t find people appealing to my taste. The sensation of the current political atmosphere, I can perceive it as rotten flavor in my mouth. I detest majority of my fellow youths in politics, they’re crooks – Double Dealers.”

The respondent said if Besigye would not appear on a ballot paper, he would vote for Erias Lukwago or Gerald Karuhanga for president.

Jim Baluku, a Senior Land Management Officer at Kasese District Local Government, said “Uganda needs more like the one NRA came with when it took power in 1986. You will notice that most of the NRA leaders were in their 30s and 40s, and Uganda needs that brand now.”

Baluku, now in his thirties, said he would make a good president.

Some respondents also pitched for Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, saying he was                        “corrupt free, with long experience and neutral gentleman best for that post.”

The IGP Gen Kale Kayihura also featured as a potential candidate who would steer the country beyond.

“It is strategic to keep peace,” said one of Kayihura’s fans.

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