The National Unity Platform party presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has secured the services of a Washington based international data-driven campaign and strategy company, GQR to help him win the presidential elections in Uganda.
Reports indicate that that GQR senior officials, particularly its London based vice president, Jonathan Moakes, on Tuesday December 1, 2020 wrote letters to prominent political and business personalities in London seeking for a virtual meeting between them and Bobi Wine.
The GQR vice president, who is also the chief strategist for the South African official opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA), said the international support is being sought to “enable a free and fair elections” in Uganda and make Bobi Wine win.
“As you are aware, Bobi Wine is standing for election as President in Uganda’s forthcoming election scheduled for 14 January 2021, the purpose of the appointment is to ask for your support in enabling free and fair elections to take place in Uganda so that voice of Ugandan people can be heard,” reads part of the letter
The letter further indicates that Uganda and its people are suffering brutal repression and poverty as a result of a decades long misrule by president ￼Yoweri Museveni who has clung onto power for 34 years. Corruption as the norm and the only way to get ahead is by being connected to those in power if you dare oppose the establishment, you face the threat of physical assault and arrest by security organs of state.
”An artist, singer and actor Bobi decided that he needed something to foster a better future for Ugandans that is why he became an MP and launched a movement to build a better Uganda where all power belongs to the people. Vision for Uganda is of a country free of human rights abuses, corruption and poverty. the movement has grown significantly over the past two years and unsurprisingly the state has mobilized violently to block free expression of the people”
GQR Company, according to its website, has provided precise, penetrating opinion research and sophisticated, data-driven strategies for candidates, parties, government leaders, corporations, and advocacy groups across the United States and around the world for nearly four decades.
Managed by mainly PhD holders from the fields of psychology and research, GQR worked for Bill Clinton, former United States President 1994-2001, former vice president Al Gore, who got more popular votes than George Bush in the 2000 presidential elections but the latter was declared the winner after getting more electors. The case went to U.S Supreme Court.
In the last U.S elections where Democrat, Joe Biden emerged the winner, GQR partnered with the DNC (Democratic National Committee), DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) and DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) to execute “effective and offensive” campaign strategy. Its team advised more than 150 Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot, including successful Senate battlegrounds and 100+ Congressional campaigns.
In Africa, GQR has worked in the campaigns of former presidents Joyce Banda of Malawi, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Raila Odinga of Kenya. In 2017 both Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta procured the services of American and Canadian companies to help them with campaigns. Raila’s foreign experts were however deported by the government.
GQR has also worked with Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer; Austria, President Eduardo Duhalde; Argentina, Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Australia, Prime Minister Perry Christie; The Bahamas, President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada; Bolivia, President Mauricio Funes; El Salvador, Prime Minister Mart Laar and IRL; Estonia, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Germany Prime Minister Ehud Barak; Israel among others.
However, the Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo has dismissed the allegations made by the GQR vice president saying Uganda is in poverty misery.
“We are in an election and people challenging us or their agents are free to air out views but they should know that the voters have eyes and seeing the accomplishments of NRM, Uganda under President Museveni has registered tremendous development being felt from border to border.”
Ofwono noted that the GDP growth at over 6% average for the past over 20 years, life expectancy increasing from 43 in 1991 to 64 in 2019, infant mortality rate decreasing from 110 per 1,000 births in 1991 to 43 per 1,000 births in 2019 and maternal mortality rate decreasing from 569 per 100,000 in 1995 to 336 per 100,000 in 2019 adding that Ugandans are increasingly getting access to clean water, electricity and other social services.
“The progress is everywhere and as I talk to you now I am in Zombo for the launch of industrial to skill young people and make them productive,” he added
GQR is a majority woman-owned business that has provided precise, penetrating opinion research and sophisticated, data-driven strategies for candidates, parties, government leaders, corporations, and advocacy groups across the United States and around the world for nearly four decades.
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GQR has been at the center of many of the hardest and most important progressive victories in modern history. The election of Bill Clinton in 1992. Nelson Mandela’s electoral victory in 1994. The Nobel-prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
The election and re-election of Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona – and the establishment of her influential gun safety organization after she was shot in 2011. Providing the polling and strategic advice that helped to flip 9 of the 40 seats that changed control of the House of Representatives in 2018 – more than any other firm.
The firm was founded in 1980 by Stanley Greenberg – working out of his basement – a former Yale political scientist whose 1985 study of Reagan Democrats in Macomb County, Michigan became a classic of political strategy.
That analysis provided the basis for the reform of the Democratic Party in the 1980s and the election of President Bill Clinton in 1992, with Greenberg serving as Clinton’s pollster and strategist. Greenberg and GQR went on to be polling adviser for world leaders including Mandela, Tony Blair, and Ehud Barak. Greenberg has now passed on ownership of the firm to current partners Anna Greenberg (his daughter), Al Quinlan, Jeremy Rosner, and Elizabeth Sena, and his pioneering research techniques, his insistence on methodological rigor, and his commitment to progressive change continue to define the DNA of the firm’s work.