Luweero Voters Ask Baryamureba To Step Down For Besigye

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Abdul Wahed Kabuuka, another resident in Luweero town council says despite being harassed, Besigye has stuck to the struggle to liberate the country, which has made him a darling of many Ugandans yawning for change.

Voters in Luweero district have asked Independent presidential candidate, Venansius Baryamureeba to step down for his Forum for Democratic Change party rival, Dr. Kizza Besigye.
 
 
The voters made their requests during Baryamureba's campaign trail in Luweero district on Monday. Baryamureeba asked voters at Kasana Taxi Park in Luweero town council to vote for him to improve health care, education and compensate veterans.



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But his message received a lukewarm reception as the voters asked him to join Besigye to dislodge the incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni. 

Jude Kato, a resident of Nsanvu village in Luweero Sub County, argued that in the recent opinion poll conducted by Research World International (RWI), Professor Baryamureba, Abed Bwanika, Maureen Kyalya, Benon Biraaro and Joseph Mabirizi scored 1 percent across all regions.  


According to the Kato, the poll findings clearly show that Baryamureba has no chance of defeating Museveni who was placed in the lead with 51 percent followed by Besigye at 32 percent and ex-premier Amama Mbabazi at 12 percent. He asked Baryamureba to step aside for Besigye who has higher chances of dislodging Museveni.
 

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Isma Mutungi, a resident of Luweero town council agrees.  According to Mutungi, in addition to enjoying overwhelming support Besigye is aggressive and has military skills that can defeat the incumbent.

 
Mutungi says Baryamureba is soft and less popular to defeat Museveni. Abdul Wahed Kabuuka, another resident in Luweero town council says despite being harassed, Besigye has stuck to the struggle to liberate the country, which has made him a darling of many Ugandans yawning for change.

 Kabuuka says by staying in the race, Baryamureba increases Museveni's chances of getting elected since he will split the opposition vote. However, Professor Baryamureba didn't respond to the issues raised by the resident as police stopped him saying the official time for campaigning was over.

Baryamureba later told URN in a phone interview that he will not step down in favor of Besigye. He also dismissed the opinion polls saying the researchers used biased data and it's deceptive. He vowed to stay in the race to deny Museveni victory in the first round so as to force a re-run.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.