Candidate Mbabazi campagins in Bushenyi
Do to Museveni what you did to Otafiire
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has asked the people of Ruhinda to do to Museveni what they did to their MP Gen. Kahinda Otafiire. Otafiire was defeated by Donozio Kahonda in the NRM primaries.
Althoug he lost, he is contesting as an independent. “Aba Ruhinda nkahurira ngu mukahonda Kahinda” (people of Ruhinda I heard you punished Kahinda). Now is the time to do the same to Museveni,” he said.
He says Otafiire was his friend, but they later developed differences. Mbabazi also said he has heard rumours that Endigyito FM has been switched off for hosting him on Monday, although he has not confirmed. He assured the people that change was coming.
4:13pm: Mbabazi addressing supporters at Rutokye trading centre, Bitereko, Ruhinda in Mitooma district.
3:26pm: Mbabazi addresses his supporters at Kanyamabare Primary School in Igara West
1:56pm: Mbabazi blocked from venue
Amama Mbabazi was blocked from using the venue he had planned for his rally at Kyabugimbi SSS grounds. According to suporters, the resident district commissioner for Bushenyi and the DISO told them Mbabazi could not use the grounds.
They offered an alternative ground, which when Mbabazi arrived was used for the rally. He had a brief talk to his supporters before they moved to the proposed rally venue.
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has set off for the campaign trail in the districts of Bushenyi and Mitooma.
9:00am: Rally at Kyabugimbi SSS (Igara East)
11:00am: Rally at Kanyamabale Primary School, Kyamuhunga (Igara West)
1:00pm: Rally at Rutookye trading centre (Bitereko- Ruhinda North)
3:30pm: Main rally at Mitooma SSS
6:30pm: Open office in Ishaka
Museveni is not my focus, says Mbabazi
By Abdulkarim Ssengendo
Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has explained to journalists that he parted ways with President Yoweri Museveni after realising that the leadership of NRM had departed from the principals and core values they fought for.
Mbabazi added that President Museveni is not his focus during the ongoing presidential campaigns, but said he only refers to him in the context of issues.
“I have been talking about the longevity of leaders. Museveni is not my campaign focus. My focus is issues; the passage of sole candidature also undermined my assumption of democratic process,” Mbabazi said.
Mbabazi added: “I did not say Museveni should not serve. He is free, but my point was that in Uganda, where there is a clear system of patronage, we can see the capacity of people to make a rational choice is constrained and that is why I said no. Term limits would be a solution.”
Mbabazi made the comments yesterday while addressing a press conference at Lake View Hotel in Mbarara municipality, Mbarara district. On Tuesday, he started his campaign in western Uganda. He started with Isingiro district on Tuesday. Yesterday,
he campaigned in Mbarara and Sheema districts.
He vowed to eliminate the problem of banana bacterial wilt, which he observed was a big problem affecting banana growers in the western region. Mbabazi said he had been talking to experts and they told him the problem can be fixed.
Asked whether he would team up with Besigye to guard their votes as he stated during the presidential debate, Mbabazi said he stands by his statement and will work with Besigye to exercise maximum vigilance that would be more effective.
He again denied any knowledge about the oil agreement. He encouraged his supporters to stand firm against intimidation. He said he was being denied access not only to government, but also private media houses.
Mbabazi said his decision, once elected into power, is to offer relief to poor people, who are indebted. These, he said, are people in SACCOS and even outside SACCOS, who have small loans of less than sh5m.
Commenting on the biometric voters verification system the Electoral Commission launched on Tuesday, Mbabazi said his team is studying the new technology, especially looking at the loopholes and would soon make a statement about it.
Mbabazi was confident of winning the presidential race, considering the reception he gets at rallies he has so far held in different parts of the country. He promised to go back to Bukanga to solicit for votes in areas he missed visiting on Tuesday for lack of time, especially when campaigning in areas neighbouring it such as Rakai.
Responding to recent opinion polls, Mbabazi said the polls in most cases do not give final and right results. Mbabazi said he had witnessed in many countries where opinion polls gave wrong results.
“I have seen opinion polls and at any rate, opinion polls are opinion polls. In many cases they give wrong results. Recently, in UK they apologised for giving wrong polls. In Israel, Netanyahu had been written off by all opinion polls while in Uganda, people
support those who are responsible for intimidation,” Mbabazi said.
On the issue of Christopher Aine, Mbabazi said he met Aine’s mother and his lawyers are trying legal means to find out his whereabouts.