Initial indications from today’s Bugiri Municipality Parliamentary election show that Lawyer Asuman Basaalirwa, who contested on the JEEMA ticket has won all polling stations in the hotly contested elections, followed by NRM’s Francis Oketcho, while FDC’s Eunice Namatende appears to be trailing in third position.
The main opposition FDC have already conceded defeat after they posted on their official twitter account congratulating Basalirwa upon his victory. FDC said: “Early results #BugiriElection show that the people of Bugiri have chosen Basalirwa Asuman as their new MP. We congratulate Mr. Basalirwa on his victory. We also thank Eunice Namatende and all our volunteers for your courage and support during the campaign.”
If the current trend remains unchanged, which is what most close followers of the hotly contested election had long predicted, analysts argue that Basalirwa’s victory will have far-reaching implications beyond Bugiri and fundamentally change the politics of Uganda.
Observers say that Basalirwa’s victory is a resounding repudiation of the old generation of politicians that has been dominated by the 1987 generation, in favour of the young generation.
Almost from nowhere, Bobi Wine has shocked the political world by effectively installing himself on the throne as the most popular politician at the moment. Although FDC vehemently refused to back Basalirwa preferring to support their own Namatende, the JEEMA President has had Bobi Wine to thank for the massive crowds and relentless energy that took them door by door to canvas for votes.