So looked at in this context, the Rukungiri woman MP by election provided Besigye and FDC a chance to fortify themselves in Rukungiri. Besigye literally camped in the district from day one of the campaigns, knowing that his political reputation and claims that he is a behemoth precariously hang on a thread.
Conversely, it also provided Museveni a platform to show Besigye that he is still king even in his backyard.
It is not a coincidence that weeks before the campaigns kicked off, Museveni showed in the Rukungiri in a generous mood. He donated equipment and other tools to women and youth groups to a tune of Shs 5 billion.
This was the biggest donation spree from the president in recent memory.
On the surface, one could say the president genuinely wanted to uplift the people of the district and fight poverty in Rukungiri but poverty indices show otherwise.
A study done last year by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and University of Denver on poverty in Uganda ranked Kagadi as the poorest district in Uganda. Rukungiri was ranked among the districts with a steady improvement in the standard of living of the people.
So in reality, Museveni’s generosity in Rukungiri was aimed at trying to woo voters into ditching the opposition for NRM, where there are “good things.” in a staement through his social media accounts Dr Kizza Besigye Claimed : “You Can Not Splash Money To Defeat Me in my own Homeland, iam at home and you need to know home is home we shall always remain loving home”Add your comments: Download Our News App Here