Biraaro Gets Lukewarm Reception In Sironko

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Retired Major General Biraaro Buta Buto, the Presidential candidate for the Farmers Party of Uganda has received a lukewarm reception in Sironko District.

Retired Major General Biraaro Buta Buto, the Presidential candidate for the Farmers Party of Uganda has received a lukewarm reception in Sironko District. Biraaro arrived in Sironko in a convoy of three vehicles on Friday at around 2:30pm, two hours later for his campaign rally.

He was received by about 10 Boda boda motorcyclists and a group of Kadodi dancers. They led a procession through Sironko main street back to Sironko Bomah ground where he addressed a handful of residents. The poor turn up could have been a result of poor or lack of mobilisation.

Most of the residents who spoke to URN in Sironko Town earlier said they weren't aware of Biraro's campaign rally in their area. By 10:30am the mood in Sironko town was dull as usual. URN saw a handful of Biraro's campaign posters in the streets of Sironko town. By 3:00pm when Biraaro turned up at Sironko Boma ground for his campaign rally, not a single person was at the venue save for the few youthful women who escorted his procession. Only about 100 people turned up for the rally.

Pamela Wamai, a resident of Sironko town blamed the poor turn up on inadequate mobilisation.  According to Wamai, they only learnt of Biraro's campaign rally at midday. Sironko is a known strong hold for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party. All the three area MPs, District LC V chairperson and 70 percent of the district councilors are FDC party members.
The poor turn up didn't stop Biraro from addressing residents on his plans once elected into power. He told residents his government would majorly focus on revitalising and strengthening farmers through modernising the Agricultural sector. According to Biraro, although farmers form the bulk of the population, the agriculture sector has been left unattended too by the incumbent government. 

He said once elected his government will inject at least 30 billion Shillings in the Agriculture sector in each district to improve the welfare of farmers and production. Biraaro also said his government will re-establish and put much emphasis on cooperative societies to empower farmers to improve the storage of their harvest and bargaining power for their produce.

He said his government will also enforce the warehouse receipt system, which he said will be one way on creating employment for hundreds of youths whose parents are farmers. According to Biraro, through the ware house receipt system farmers can access loans to open other productive ventures.

James Thomas Kimasu, a businessman from Sironko town agrees with Biraaro. He says majority of the population of the country are farmers and should be empowered. He says much as Biraaro may not win the elections, whoever wins should implement his campaign promises on Agriculture.

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Asiah Namono, another voter agrees Biraro made good points on Agriculture.

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Biraaro proceeded to Mufudu trading center and Muyembe town council Sironko and Bulambuli districts respectively where he also addressed campaign rallies. Biraaro who started his campaign trail from Budaka on Thursday is expected in Mbale today.


About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.