FDC presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat has asked the people of Kisoro district to use the forthcoming 2021 General Elections as an opportunity to express dissatisfaction with the incumbent NRM government.
Oboi made the call yesterday while addressing residents of Nyakabande Sub County.
Despite pilling a lot of support to the NRM in the previous elections, the FDC candidate told the locals that Kisoro district had lagged behind in social services.
“35 years of Museveni, there should have been an international airport here to take away produce from here to Europe. But you have no good roads, there is no proper health care, no proper jobs for children,” he said.
Oboi went on to call on the residents to use the elections to vent their feelings on unfair government appointments.
He cited the case of the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura whom he said was contemptuously dismissed despite helping President Museveni fight crime.
“You know where General Kayihura is? It is up to you the people of Kisoro to tell the rest of the country whether you are happy with the mistreatment Mr. Museveni gave your own son, your father, a person from this area with whom we are proud of,” Amuriat retorted.
Oboi also promised to restore the area’s trade fortunes by dialoguing with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame when he ascends to power in May 2021.
However, his efforts to campaign in the border town of Cyanika were thwarted by Police.
Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson Elly Maate disclosed that this was specifically done to prevent Amuriat’s entourage from contracting Covid19.
“It is very important that during this movement of electoral candidates we observe the SOPs because of the disease. First of all, Kisoro is one of the areas that have been hit in this region and more specifically Cyanika. Cyanika is totally under lock,” Maate told Chimp Reports.
“So we could not allow this convoy and more especially the candidate to go and mix up there. I had even suggested to them that if they wanted to do it, then from there they would go and have the 10 days isolation,” he added.
Later in the day, the FDC President was blocked from addressing another rally in Kabale town on grounds that it was already too late.