Heavy Security Presence As Sheema North Votes in Two-Horse Race
NRM’s Naome Kibaaju Faces Off with FDC’s Guma Nuwagaba
Naome Kibaaju Vs Guma Nuwagaba: Over 35,000 voters are expected to vote for their Member of Parliament (MP) in Sheema North on Monday.
Voters will choose between opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Guma Nuwagaba and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s Naome Kibaaju.
Nuwagaba is a former NRM member and Mitooma RDC.
The seat fell vacant after former MP and technology minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye was elected MP for the newly created Sheema Municipality Constituency.
President Yoweri Museveni, also the NRM chairman, and opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye of the FDC campaigned for Kibaaju and Nuwagaba, respectively.
“I want you to support Kibaaju so that she can easily lobby services for you and I will start by tarmacking Bwizibwera-Kabwohe Road,” Museveni told voters.
“If you vote for Guma and Museveni sees that Sheema has refused to be bought, you will see what will come here. NRM has never clapped for people who clap for them. Government is like your body because you scratch where you are itching,” campaigned Dr Besigye.
“You will never scratch where there is no itch; so you itch them so deep and you will see how they will scratch Sheema to be better.”
Meanwhile, there is heavy security presence in Sheema.
The deployment of army and police officers started at the weekend.
On Sunday Dr Besigye complained of the heavy military presence.
“Deployment of forces in Sheema North by-election sets the stage for polling day (war)! Vehicle in which Ms Ingrid Turinawe and three others were travelling from Candidate’s house was attacked with gun shots at about 9.30pm tonight. Fortunately, nobody injured,” claimed Besigye on Sunday.