MONEY SPENDERS SWEPT THE VOTES IN BUSOGA
Money spenders swept the votes in busoga
The constituencies of Budiope East and Iganga Municipality in Busoga Sub-region (Eastern Uganda) enjoyed being on the receiving end of electoral big spenders. Moses Magogo and Peter Mugeme a.k.a Panadol, contesting for Budiope East and Iganga Municipality Parliamentarians respectively, won the elections.
The story of Magogo who is also President of Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) was already reported here and he now expects to be appointed minister. Thus, we turn attention to Peter Mugeme (Panadol) Iganga Municipality who reportedly became a teller machine, donating cash to every eligible voter in Iganga Municipality.
ACFIM monitors who followed Panadol’s campaign trail estimate him to have spent in excess of UGX 1billion ($270,000) on the election which he went on to win. Him being the incumbent candidate but also his spending power, eclipsed the rest of the candidates that were competing with him.
His strategy was door-to-door campaigns and road-drives where he at times made stopovers where people were gathered and splashed out money of UGX 5000($1.3) currency notes while standing on top of his vehicle.
Panadol always made significant cash contributions towards bereaved families. The amounts ranged between UGX 700,000 ($189.1) and UGX 1,000,000 ($270.2). This was commonly done during the election campaign period.
It was also reported that Mugeme’s campaign team dished out money to voters ranging from UGX 10,000 ($2.7) – 50,000 ($13.5) as motivation for them to vote for candidate Mugeme Peter.
The question that begs to be answered is why are most politicians opting to use inducement tactics as a tool to woo voters?
The secret known is that most of the political candidates are inclined to a perception that the most effective strategy to woo voters on their side is by use of money and other material inducements.
Conversely, some voters are also still mentally enslaved with the thinking that people join politics to enrich themselves and not serving the people. For such an erroneous political culture to be deconstructed, it will require a lot of engagements to be done with both the politicians and voters.