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2021 Campaigns: Museveni Returns to Kisoro as Amuriat Eyes Kabale

NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni and FDC’s Patrick Amuriat are returning to Kigezi for another round of campaigns.

Museveni is expected to visit Kisoro today Monday where he will meet NRM leaders and other opinion leaders at Saza grounds.

Kisoro RDC Captain Peter Mugisha said preparations were underway to welcome Museveni in the area.

The move came after the Electoral Commission blocked candidates from campaigning in 12 districts considered COVID-19 hotspots.

Museveni campaigned in Kigezi sub-region where he met leaders from Kabale, Rubanda, Kisoro and Rukiga at Kabale Municipal Stadium on December 12, 2020.

But most of the NRM leaders from Kisoro who included Dr Philemon Mateke, the State Minister of Regional Cooperation, Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro LCV boss, Sarah Nyirabahitsyi Mateke, the Kisoro NRM Woman MP flag-bearer among others boycotted the meeting.

They said they needed Museveni to visit Kisoro as they have always voted him overwhelmingly.

Bizimana said they intend to discuss with the President unfulfilled pledges including expanding Nyakabande Kisoro Air drome to an airport; the appointment of Robert Mukiza as the Director General of Uganda Investment Authority; the construction of John Kale Institute of Science and Technology; construction of tourism roads; and construction of Kisoro-Kanungu road through Nteko and Buhoma .

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The leaders are also unhappy with the arrest and prosecution of former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.

Meanwhile, former Rukiga County MP Jack Sabiiti, said Amuriat will have campaigns in Kabale on Monday and later on Rukungiri on Tuesday.

Sabiiti said Amuriat was blocked by police from holding campaign meetings in Kabale.

“We now want to go back and talk to the people to vote FDC,” Sabiiti told ChimpReports this Monday morning.

Amuriat visited Kabale on November 29, 2020 but was blocked by police from holding a rally at Kigezi High School play grounds.

Police said he arrived at 6:20pm which was past the allowed time for campaign meetings. This sparked street battles between police and FDC supporters.

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