As the battle for the Women Parliamentary seat Rukungiri District, South Western Region gets tougher, President Yoweri Museveni has today also started canvassing for votes for the National Resistance Movement flag bearer, Winfred Matsiko Komuhangi.
President Museveni who is the National Chairman of the NRM addressed 4 rallies in Nyakishenyi, Nyarushanje, Buyanja and Kebisoni Sub-Counties in Rubabo County, where he asked the voters to send him leaders that will work with him to support Government programmes that will benefit the people of Rukungiri District.
The seat fell vacant when Court of Appeal declared nullified Matsiko’s election on grounds that the 2016 elections were marred by irregularities.
The tough competition is currently between NRM’s Matsiko Komuhangi and opposition FDC’s Betty Muzanira. Other candidates are independents Prisca Seezi Mbaguta, Elizabeth Rwakutonera, Sheila Atukunda Kirebete and PPP’s Fabith Kukundakwe.
Mr. Museveni called on the people of Rukungiri District to support Matsiko in the by-election that is slated for 31st May 2018. He outlined the achievements of the Movement and urged the wananchi support NRM candidates at all levels of elections because of those achievements.
"The government has built schools, roads, provided safe water supply and electricity at the national level. With these indicators be assured that alongside the construction of Rukungiri, Kihihi, Kanungu, Ishasha, Kambuga-Rugyeyo through Nyakishenyi to Kisiizi Rubaaare road will be constructed in government budget," he said.
The President said that under the NRM Government, Rukungiri district has registered numerous achievements adding that it has 248 primary schools, 171 are government of them government aided and 110 are private. There are 44 secondary schools with 23 being government aided and 21 privately owned.
He urged the people of Rubabo County to vote the NRM flag bearer Winfred Matsiko.
“With the prevailing peace, infrastructural development, I need leaders who are supportive to government development programmes," he said.
The President told the people of Rubabo County in particular and Rukungiri in general that “the Opposition, FDC have divergent and wrong ideas for the country.”
President Museveni was in company of Hon. Chris Baryomunsi, Paula Turyahikayo and General Henry Tumukunde who assured the NRM Chairman that the NRM flag bearer will win the bi- election.