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Opinion Poll Ruffles Feathers in Corridors of Power

prostate http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/genericons.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>RWI boss Dr Patrick Wakida told Chimpreports Investigations Desk during the weekend that the poll is not political but intends to understand people’s thoughts on a wide range of critical issues such as health, performance of the economy and delivery of services by the NRM government.


“This poll was funded by the Daily Monitor. This is not our poll and of course we don’t know what will come out of the field,” said Wakida.


He further stated that organisation is credible, professional and competent enough to make expert analysis of the data obtained by researchers.


However, the poll comes at a time of high political temperatures with President Museveni’s strategists working around the clock to defeat Mbabazi’s presidential schemes.

Mbabazi maintains he will not contest against Museveni in 2016 but the Premier’s loyalists continue to popularise his presidential bid across the country especially in Buganda and Lango sub-regions.


Some of the questions that have sent ripples down the spines of Museveni’s strategists include the following: “If presidential elections were held today whom you would elect?”


Some of the names in this category include Amama Mbabazi.


According to intelligence reports, the perceived chief mobiliser for Mbabazi’s presidential bid, Hope Mwesigye, reportedly convened a meeting at her office in Bukoto last week where she said the RWI will show that “Ugandans are tired of Museveni.”


“Hon. Hope Mwesigye informed members that they are collaborating with The Monitor Publications to meet their youths coordinators in the whole country and carry out a survey of those who are pro-Mbabazi or pro-Museven and then they give a shocking message to President Museveni, Kale Kayihura (I.G.P) and Hon. Frank Tumwebaze and then we will apply for support to President Obama and other Democrats,” reads part of the intelligence report seen by this website.


This meeting was reportedly attended by Wakida, FDC officials and NRM youth leaders.


In an exclusive interview, Wakida denied attending the meeting. “This is so disgusting. I have never met Hope Mwesigye or those other people said to have attended that meeting. We promised people that we would release a poll every year and we are here making good on our promise. We are not partisan.”


He further added that “if Mbabazi gets 2 percent (ranking) or 100 percent, we will not fear to say so.”


Storm


The latest developments shed a spotlight on the behind-the-scenes political manoeuvring as Mbabazi’s supporters move fast to popularise their candidate ahead of the 2016 elections.


Already, NRM MPs are on the grassroots trying to promote Museveni’s 2016 sole candidacy, a move that has faced stiff resistance in some parts of the country.


Observers say a national poll showing Mbabazi leading Museveni in rankings would be a huge public relations disaster for the President and also chip away at the NRM MPs’ efforts to market the party leader’s 2016 ambitions.


It is also feared that results portraying Mbabazi as more popular than Museveni would embolden the NRM Secretary General’s supporters to intensify their grassroots campaigns to secure the former’s presidency in the upcoming elections.


Mbabazi last weekend said he was yet to mobilise for President but quickly added that harbouring presidential ambitions is not criminal.

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