Views from Fiona: Uganda Elections 2006- Parties Elect Their Flag Bearers
Young blood like Gulu MP Norbert Mao failed to make the cut.
Source: The World Bank

Views from Fiona: Uganda Elections 2006- Parties Elect Their Flag Bearers


Its either forced or self destruction for political parties in Uganda. Might as well wait till 2011.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: December 3, 2005


The main stream political parties have finally elected their flag bearers in 2006 March general elections. This puts Uganda a step close to fully realizing multi-party elections early next year. On Sunday 27th November 2005 Democratic Party [DP] elected John Ssebana Kizito as its president general and the presidential hopeful for the party to take the mantle currently held by President Museveni. The next day, Monday 28th November Uganda Peoples Congress [UPC] elected Mrs. Miria Obote, wife to the late Dr Apollo Milton Obote who led the party until his death.


The Democratic Party’s choice in some circles was not whole supported especially by the young Turks. They questioned the difference between Ssebana and Ssemwogere in terms of years. In their eyes the party needed fresh and young minds to which the current mayor of Kampala Ssebana said he could easily bridge the gap between the young and old in the party as he has been the patron of UYD [Uganda Young Democrats]. In DP there is a lot of in fighting as is characterized by almost all the parties but the basic issues that have hindered young blood like Gulu MP Norbert Mao or even ex-convict Al Hajji Ntege Ssebagala, chief ‘eeya,’ is one you must be a catholic, two and a muganda. These have certainly created division in DP and cost the party good leadership in terms of handing power to young politicians. Ssebagala is a Moslem, which can hardly endear him to the Catholics as their leader, whereas Mao’s chief crime is because he is a langi and certain circles cannot trust him. Although Ssebana is a protestant he is better than the other candidates, he has political clout in Kampala as a seasoned politician and has certainly done a lot as mayor of the city.

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Cecilia Ogwal
Source: Women Changing Uganda

In my view UPC erred in their choice of president of the party. Give me iron Lady Cecilia Ogwal any day. But Miria Kalule Obote, riding on the sentiments of the UPC faithful for having lost her husband, beat weaker candidates, Prof. Ebil and MP Aggrey Awori, a seasonal politician who stood for the presidency in 1996 and failed to make an impact on Ugandans. When it comes to national politics Awori is a political joke.



Aggrey Awori
Source: Rwanda and Uganda: From Friends to Foes

However, Madam Miria Obote is hardly the better choice of UPC. I mean what kind of politics has she ever engaged in other than being a former head of state’s wife and accompanying the husband to various events once in a while? Has she ever held an elective office even for Local Council 1? Unless of course if UPC, as a party, is preparing for 2011 general elections and 2006 is just for tasting waters.

The opposition would give NRM-O a run for their money if they organized to a single block or under an umbrella like NARC (National Rainbow Coalition) did in Kenya to oust former President Moi. But word from impeccable sources has it that there will be no such coalition, which further dents any ambition of the opposition winning in 2006.

Forum for Democratic change [FDC’s] indomitable Dr. Besigye could give the ruling NRM and Mr. Museveni a hard time but with him incarcerated in Luzira prisons, with criminal case of treason, it looks grim as to whether this opposition will mount a serious challenge. One wonders if FDC have already lined up a would be successor for Dr Besigye in case he is unable to stand considering they have been haranguing Museveni for failing to choose a successor. What impact would their choice make on the electorate?

The political saucepans will be getting hotter as we draw to 2006 and no result will be good for the opposition unless they win. As we wait for 2006, the drama continues. May the best party or presidential hopeful win.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: December 3, 2005
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