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RX Radio's Olive: Most Opposition MPs got sympathy votes

The Government of Uganda has been blamed for the raising 'politics of popularity' that has seen some members of the community who are unqualified as politicians and leaders voted into political offices.

Olive Najjuma, a co-host of the Fatboy show on RX Radio said that because of the constant persecution and harassment of the opposition by government, it is easy for the public to feel sympathy for certain people and vote for them even if they have not proved to be politically capable of leading others.

In the just concluded general election, mayorship and local elections, some new faces on the political arena were elected to represent their constituencies and local areas, some of which the public feel did not earn the political win because of their manifestos but because the public felt pity for them.

''For example, Gloria Mutoni who elected as Local council three chairperson Kyanja parish, after her husband Ali Bukeni aka Nubian Lee was arrested and is still being detained in prison.. One would be right to argue that it was a sympathy vote," she said on the Wednesday morning show.

Fatboy, Olive's co-host noted that government was shooting it's self in the foot by harassing and imprisoning Opposition leaders.

"The more the public feels that these members are being persecuted, the more they will feel the need to side with them," he said.

The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy and Oliver Najjuma every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.

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