KAMPALA – The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has explained why the National Resistance Movement presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni Kaguta lost in several areas of Busoga region in the January 14th election.
Museveni balloted few votes in Buganda and Busoga regions, as well as losing Kamuli District electorate to National Unity Platform rival Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.
Speaking to the media at the grand opening of Fara Hypermarket in Kansanga, Kadaga explained that the NRM deserved to lose in Busoga because they have not worked on a number of issues affecting Basoga over a long time.
According to the speaker, NRM has not worked on any developments in Busoga despite being in power and enjoying the support of Basoga for over 30 years.
“NRM has constructed only one road in Busoga, just one ever since they came into power, this has annoyed people, “Kadaga stressed.
She further sighted the question of failure to resolve the sugarcane growers in the region despite numerous pleas to the government as one of the other reasons that brought about the NRM’s loss in the region.
“The people growing sugar cane are crying for markets, they have no one buying their sugarcane,” she said.
Kadaga also shared how youth are being killed on the lakes citing bad fishing methods and the government has not done anything to help them.
“Many have been killed on the lake, they are not happy,” she said.
Kadaga, has been the Kamuli District Woman Member of Parliament since 1989 when the National Resistance Council (NRC) was expanded to allow non-historical members of the NRM to join the House.
She has come under fire for failure to mobilize for President Museveni in Busoga and instead resort to bickering with others.
Allegations that Kadaga fights other politicians in Kamuli are not new. In 2010 during the NRM party’s chaotic primaries, she was accused of “meddling” in an exercise that claimed the scalps of Bugabula North MP Gerald Menhya, and Ministers Isaac Musumba and Asuman Kiyingi.