The early days of the campaigns were very promising for him but things changed along the way.
The miscalculation by President Museveni to allow Makerere University to increase tuition fees of private students who are the majority there had nothing to offer to the NRM candidate but clinched his downfall. No amount of money injected in the campaign machine would do. Within the twinkling of an eye, the famous Kisuule had become an object of ridicule.
Secondly, the decision of the Kenyan candidate, Kinyajui, to step down for Kisuule only set Kisuuleâ€™s defeat in motion. I like to commend all Kenyan students who exhibited political maturity by supporting Okware even after being let down by their countryman. The biggest blunder was that Kisuule was desperate for votes and made more mistakes to correct mistakes!
Since the outgoing leadership of Rutaro had not been very popular with Kenyan students, Kisuule should not have expected support from them. He should have downplayed Kinyajuiâ€™s offer in order to suppress Okwareâ€™s support from Kenyans.
Kisuule and his supporters forgot nothing from Rutaroâ€™s snobbish leadership and learnt nothing from Susan Abboâ€™s who was down to earth! In a bid to attract support, Kisuule had convoys of vehicles and showed financial muscle even on the voting day not knowing that Makerere is a combination of tycoons and peasants. He shouldnâ€™t have shown off if he wanted to win over both sides.
He did not have to spend all the money he did in order to win hearts. Okware walked to people and asked them for their support which he got in abundance!
Why did Castro Kisuule flop?