Presidential advisor on media, Tamale Mirundi, says northern Uganda will not vote Amama Mbabazi.
Mirundi who was Tueday speaking on NBS TV Extra programme, premised his argument on the fact that Mbabazi “ignored” northern Uganda while he was still in government.
“The entire time Mbabazi was Prime Minister, he never set foot in northern Uganda, even amid nodding disease,” Mirundi said.
Nodding disease or nodding syndrome is a recent, little-known disease which emerged in Sudan in the 1960s.
It is a mentally and physically disabling disease that only affects children, typically between the ages of 5 and 15.
By 2009, it had spread across the border to Uganda’s Kitgum district, and the Ugandan ministry of health declared that more than 2000 children had the disease.
As of the end of 2011, outbreaks were concentrated in Kitgum, Pader and Gulu.
More than 1000 cases were diagnosed in the last half of that year.
Mirundi suggests that Mbabazi who was Prime Minister up to September 2014 did not visit the people of northern through hard times of the pandemic.
“He won’t get their votes,” Mirundi concluded.
Last week, Mbabazi was in northern Uganda campaigning ahead of 2016 general elections.
He pulled a massive crowd in Arua town, something few had expected.
He equally pulled reasonable crowds in Gulu and Lira towns.
Addressing press in Gulu town on 25th November, 2015, Mbabazi promised to give Gulu an international airport, make it a centre for tourism and food security.
In his plans for Northern Uganda, Mbabazi promised to help victims of war with restocking, special programmes for child parents, victims of war, et cetera.
He also promised investment in Shea butter production which he called a billion dollar industry.
Mbabazi denied misappropriating Shs5bn Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) funds.
He apologized for misuse of funds during his tenure and not having visited northern Uganda in official capacity but insisted he had been visiting Gulu-unofficially.
In Lira, he pledged to build John Akii Bua stadium so it can fit the memory of the athletic legend.