Masindi mayor blames Uganda’s electoral malpractice on selfishness

A section of youth from Hoima, Buliisa and Masindi during a workshop at Country Inn in Masindi on Wednesday.

The mayor of Masindi Municipality, Mr Joab Businge, has attributed electoral malpractices and violence in Uganda’s polls to ego-centric politicians.

Giving a key note speech during a one day regional training for young politicians on winning elections and being able to deliver when elected into political offices, Mr Businge noted that many people join politics to serve their selfish interests.

He said such an agenda coerces self-centred politicians to engage in evil acts including voter bribery, refusal to accept election results against them, making unrealistic promises and begging.

Mr Businge underscored the need for moral transformation to enable create a better political arena devoid of electoral malpractices and violence in the near future.

The mayor discouraged people with selfish motives from joining politics saying that service before self is a key constituent of any good leadership.

Audio: Businge on selfishness (English)

Mr Businge advised the participants who were drawn from Hoima, Buliisa and the host Masindi districts to always identify their opponents’ strengths and come up with strategies of striking a final blow to better service delivery.

The mayor dejected the participants from capitalising on their opponents’ weaknesses that are already identified by the electorate.  

Audio: Businge on service (English)
Ms Patricia Auma, RDP’s Young People’s Project Officer, addresses the youth at Country Inn in Masindi Town on Wednesday.

During the training, participants were taken through manifesto development and delivering, and election legal framework among others.

Ms Patricia Auma, a Young People’s Project Officer at the Recreation for Development and Peace (RDP) explained that the training aimed to equip young politicians with knowledge and skills necessary for eluding electoral malpractice and winning polls.

Audio: Auma on training (English)

Such participants as Ms Lillian Kasangaki Akiiki and Mr Rogers Amanyire among others said the training organised by RDP funded by Action Aid Uganda equipped them with knowledge that will help them to be better transformational leaders in their political ambitions.

Audio: Participants on training (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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