By Joyce Nakato
The first week of the 2015 presidential campaigns comes to an end today with eight presidential candidates traversing the country to meet supporters in a bid to secure their votes ahead of the 2016 elections.
NRM's Yoweri Museveni has been to Luwero,Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Amolator, Dokolo, Lira, Aleptong and Otuke and he is today in Apac and Koloe in Northern Uganda while Amama Mbabazi has been to Masaka, Mukono, Mityana and Luweero. He will be off the campaing trail until next week on Monday.
Maureen Kyalya and Joseph Mabirizi who are holding joint campaigns have been to Iganga, Kaliro, Bugiri, Namayingo, Jinja, Mayuge, Kamuli and Buyende and are today holding their final rally of the week in Luuka.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abed Bwanika of People's Development Party has been close by in Kamuli, Buyende, Iganga, Luuka, Bugiri, Namayingo, Namutumba, Kaliro and he is in Jinja today while FDC's Dr. Kizza Besigye has held rallies in Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Kisoro, Kanungu and will wrap up with Lwengo and Lyatonde today.
Other presidential aspirants Prof.Venasius Baryamureeba and Gen. Benon Biraaro have not hit the trail for different reasons with Baryamureeba expressing dissatisfaction with the minimal security which was accorded to the aspirants while Birooro only kicked off his campaigns yesterday.
In all these areas where the candidates have been, a number of promises have been made and these among others include improvement in the health sector, boosting the education sector in addition to overhauling the country's economy through boosting agriculture, industrialization and the road network.
However, these are not the only issues that the votes want the candidates to address as evidenced by the poll that was conducted by Vision group in July on people issues and as already laid out in the people's manifesto.
Others issues that voters want the candidates to talk about mainly revolve around culture with child marriage and sacrifices taking the lead, closely followed by land grabbing, floods especially in the northern and western region, planning and economic development in addition to the high cost of living.
It still remains to be seen whether the candidates have managed to convince the voters on how well they are going to address all these issues if the voters entrust them with their vote came 2016.