New Vision papers burnt over pro-Museveni poll


An opinion poll conducted by Ugandan’s leading daily newspaper, New Vision, has sparked tempers amidst readers.

A disturbing picture from Mityana district shows a volume of The New Vision January 19, 2016 on fire.

Our contact in Mityana town says the poll allegedly concocted by state-owned newspaper did not go well with most of the readers.

The poll in question shows President Yoweri Museveni also the National Resistance Movement [NRM] candidate leading other presidential candidates.

The poll puts Museveni at 71%, FDC’s Kizza Besigye at 19%, Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi at 6% and People’s Development Party leader Dr. Abed Bwanika.

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.

While readers left New Vision to get away with such a poll, this time round, they were not ready to forgive hence the burning of the newspapers.

Others placed the newspapers in toilets and dustbins and photographed them as if to say that is where the poll belongs.

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