Anxiety, optimism grip Uganda ahead of elections

2016-02-17 15:37
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Kampala –Anxiety and optimism have engulfed Uganda, as the east African country prepares to go to the polls on Thursday, Daily Monitor reports.

Some Ugandans have opted to travel upcountry to vote while others have decided to remain in Kampala city centre.

A resident living in Kampala, Irene laker Luguza said that anything could happen on voting day, following reports of violent clashes in the capital on Monday.

"I will stock enough food to take me and my family for a week. I will also stock first aid kits, make minimal movements and only drive to town to vote at social security house," she was quoted as saying.

At least eight candidates, including the incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), are vying for the presidency.

Museveni has been in power for over three decades.

Three time loser, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Kizza Besigye, and the former NRM prime minister, now the leader of  the Go Forward leader, Amama Mbabazi are Museveni's main rivals.

The other candidates are; Peace and National Unity (PNU) leader Benon Biraaro, the only female candidate, Maureen Kyalya of the African Restoration Party (ARP) as well as Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, who is contesting independently.  Baryamureeba claims he is backed by "progressive Ugandans".

Read more on:    yoweri museveni  |  kizza besgye  |  amama mbabazi  |  uganda  |  uganda elections 2016  |  east africa

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