Aspiring independent Local Council (LC) 3 and 5 councilors in Kampala district have vowed to support National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential flag bearer Yoweri Museveni in the coming presidential elections.
The councilors under their joint umbrella 'Sauti Ya Wananchi' were defeated in the recent NRM primaries and decided to contest independently saying their opponents swindled their votes.
Led by their chairperson Moses Muhangi the aspiring LC 5 councilor for Kampala central B, councilors led hundreds of their supporters to Kyadondo Rugby Grounds to officially launch 'Sauti Ya Wananchi' a group aiming at canvasing votes for President Museveni.
At the event Muhangi said the group has appointed groups of ten people per village, for each person in the group to persuade other fifty people in the area to support the President. He added that as independents they are targeting 500,000 votes from their supporters in Kampala.
"We are targeting 500,000 votes from our supporters to add on the other votes that will be given to the President by NRM supporters. We will make sure that we convince our supporters not to move to the opposition," Muhangi explained.
He further noted that they will not organize rallies to make this possible, adding that they will move from door to door in the remaining campaigning period to carry out voter registration and also convince voters to choose Museveni for more development.
The guest of honor and NRM Vice Chairperson for Eastern region Capt. Mike Mukula lauded the councilors for supporting development, peace and NRM.
He added that Ugandans should ignore politicians who say the president wants to over stay in power.
"We cannot send Museveni to Rwakitura to retire when there are still Africans that need peace." Mukula said.
He added that Museveni has spent 30 years in power returning peace to all corners of the country by fighting rebels away from the northern parts of the country and peacefully disarming Karamajong warriors.
"It is now two years that people of Northern Uganda celebrate Christmas and other days peacefully, our troops are making Somalia peaceful a thing that western countries like America failed to do," he added.
Mukula assured Ugandans not to be intimidated that there is anyone going to violence in the city after elections and said Uganda’s security organs are able to keep peace in the country as they are doing it in other African countries.
Brendah Nansubuga a voter from Kawempe told New Vision that the act by independents to publically support to the President shows that they are loyal to the party and terminates rumors that they have crossed to the opposition.
Nansubuga said she expects them to contribute a lot to the President's success in the coming elections as they have a lot of supporters who listen and follow whatever they say.