Yesterday’s long-awaited village-level or Local Council elections ended surprisingly successfully in many parts of the Kampala and Wakiso despite earlier fears that they would be marred by confusion and fighting over the way the exercise had been organised.
Reports from most parts of Kampala and Wakiso indicate that most of the incumbents retained their positions thanks in part to their knowledge elections management system they have gathered over the past.
Reports further indicate that many of the winners subscribed to the ruling NRM party while others belong to DP. Many of the incumbents were NRM sympathizers having come to power in the early 2000s when NRM was still popular. The conspicuous absence of FDC among the candidates at the village level has deepened suspicion that the leading opposition party has any serious strategy of taking power.
This is especially so because the village leaders wield so much influence in many upper level elections but also in service delivery.