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Shame as voters chased away MP at Museveni rally over age limit

by James Ateenyi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was on Tuesday treated to a rare drama during his visits to Buikwe districts.

The president was in the areas to open seven different factories both in Jinja and Buikwe districts.

After the Buikwe investor-related engagements, Museveni addressed a public meeting during which Buikwe North/Njeru Municipality voters humiliated their member of parliament Paul Musoke like never before.

In Museveni last visit in the area, the MP did not attend the president rally which prompted the locals to report to the president on how their newly wed MPs (Judith Babirye and Paul Musoke) were too busy making love.

This time, the NRM member of parliament gathered the courage and appeared at the president rally.

Musoke, who used to hide from voters during Togikwatako, this time round came and was even given chance to greet the crowd.

The voters were unhappy saying even the factories the big man commissioned had been lobbied for them by Jinja MP Grace Moses Balyeku clearly proving theirs was good for nothing.

As soon as Musoke came to the podium, the voters started heckling until he had to give up and resume his seat.

In fact it took the intervention of Balyeku to prevent the voters from assaulting their own representative. As Musoke endured all this humiliation, the President was being killed with laughter because of the funny verbal insults (some of them obscene) that voters kept hurling at their own MP from the audience.

Museveni, speaking later, delivered his message of wealth creation and never responded to the way voters tormented their own MP but it was clear he got the message that the Babirye-Musoke couple easily ranks among the most unpopular legislators in the 10th Parliament.

“The message was very clear but the dilemma for us as NRM is that we are still lacking strong enough candidates to prevent the party losing these two seats. We have more than 10 women vying for Babirye’s Buikwe woman MP Seat but none of them is strong enough to overcome the opposition this being one constituency that is rapidly urbanizing and becoming pro-opposition. In Musoke’s case, it’s even worse because people seem to be clearly afraid of carrying the NRM flag because majority of the youth here profess People Power and Besigye’s FDC,” worryingly says a leading NRM opinion leader in Buikwe.

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