Uganda’s 2016 presidential election campaign kicks off

Uganda's 2016 presidential election campaign kicked off on Monday with eight candidates seeking support from voters.

Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni

Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) launched his campaign in the central district of Luwero, the area where he started a five-year guerrilla war that brought him into power in 1986.

Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni
Museveni, who has been in office for nearly 30 years, focused on health, wealth creation, job creation and infrastructure development.

“The NRM is a party that has always been on a development journey. We shall continue with our programs for steady progress. We are going to focus on increasing household incomes in the fight against poverty in the country,” said Museveni.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who is considered to be Museveni’s strongest rival in the presidential race, kicked off his campaign in the central district of Masaka.

Mbabazi, the former NRM Secretary General is focusing his bid on peaceful transition, education, improving health care systems, restoration of farmer’s cooperatives, employment opportunities and seeing Uganda become strong and prosperous.

Kiiza Besigye, Museveni’s former bush war physician and rival in the last three presidential races, launched his campaigns in his western home district of Rukungiri, where thousands of his supporters welcomed him.
Besigye is focusing on the need for change of power.

Independent candidates Venansius Byamureeba, Abed Bwanika, Joseph Mabirizi and Maureen Kalya also launched their campaigns in other parts of the country.

The eight candidates were nominated last week at a ceremony conducted by the country’s electoral body.
Analysts believe the 2016 polls will be a three-man race between Museveni, Mbabazi and Besigye, who all hail from the western part of the country.

The elections will be held between February and March 2016, according to the electoral body. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 244244807 Follow News Ghana on Google News


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here