Bouyed by a mammoth gathering at Koboko Boma Grounds, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu stung the state minister for Investment, Evelyn Anite who once said that the music star has no support in the district that borders Uganda with South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“Wait a minute, is this Koboko?! One day, I was watching TV and saw Hon. Evelyn Anite saying that there is no People Power in Koboko. Are you sure this is Koboko?” Kyagulanyi wondered sarcastically.
After her nomination to run in the NRM primaries for Koboko Municipality, Anite told journalists at the NRM electoral commission offices on Kyaddondo Road in Kampala that she cannot allow Kyagulanyi’s political movement to thrive in her home district.
“In Koboko, we don’t have anything like People Power, and I don’t think they can even step there because I will not allow them; the gateway to Koboko is Anite, I have put a roadblock there,” Anite said on July 26.
Ahead of Kyagulanyi’s arrival, the mood showed a different picture from what Anite claimed five months ago. NUP paraphernalia went on sale much as the police hunted and arrested some youths who were selling the items.
Nonetheless, several people poured onto the roads to welcome Kyagulanyi who was in the company of Maracha East MP, James Acidri, one of the NRM legislators that openly identified with the musical politician in the early days of his political movement.
As if to confirm Anite’s claims that her defeat in the NRM primaries was because People Power supporters participated, Kyagulanyi asked the people of Koboko Municipality to vote for Dr. Charles Ayume who defeated Anite in the NRM primaries.
Kyagulanyi reasoned that much as Ayume belongs to the ruling NRM, he is a young man who faces the same challenges like other youths.
According to Kyagulanyi, his government is ready to work with Dr. Ayume and other young legislators to address the challenges of suppression and poverty, which have hit the youth hardest.