The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has trashed an opinion poll conducted by the state-owned leading daily, New Vision, putting President Yoweri Museveni in the lead.
The poll sparked tempers amidst readers who in Mityana district set on fire The New Vision January 19, 2016.
The poll gave President Yoweri Museveni 71%, FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye in second place with 19%, Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi in third place with 6%, while Dr. Abed Bwanika is fourth with 1%.
The poll shows that other presidential candidates in the race were unrated.
FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, says the opinion poll does not reflect the actual voters’ response on the ground.
Nganda also the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, said the election will tell who actually is in the lead.
Go Forward media director, Josephine Nkangi, told KFM radio the poll was a pack of lies emphasising that their candidate is strong and will garner more votes.
An angry Ugandan, Wapakhabulo Wonyanyanbulo, says: “Even if New Vision goes to a witch doctor, they cannot make dictator Museveni to beat peoples President in Kampala City.”
In July 2015, New Vision was accused of concocting another similar poll which claimed that 71.7% of Ugandans interviewed would vote for Museveni in the February 2016 presidential elections.
The Vision Group research team conducted an opinion poll between June 12 and June 20, 2015 covering 6,626 households countrywide.
Critics wondered how the newspaper managed to interview over 6,000 people in a space of one week.
Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr. Kizza Besigye, came in second with 9.2%, while former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi was third with 4.2% of the poll results.
FDC leader Mugisha Muntu got 2.1%, followed by Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao with 1.3%. FDC stalwart Nandala Mafabi got 1.1% and former vice-president Gilbert Bukenya 0.5%.
Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) President-elect, Jimmy Akena performed better than his arch-rival Olara Otunnu with 0.9% and 0.3% respectively.