Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Justine Kasule Lumumba has cautioned political candidates contesting under her party to stop flouting the set Covid19 prevention guidelines.
Lumumba made the call after appearing before the Electoral Commission on Thursday, where she was summoned to explain the mass rallies being held by some members of the NRM in contravention of the guidelines.
“I call upon our flag bearers not to gather crowds as this is in conflict with the guidelines and criminal prosecution can be taken against them,” she said.
“Please adhere to the guidelines, avoid crowds, wear masks and wash your hands – Covid is real.”
Lumumba was summoned by the commission following accusations from Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) about NRM candidates breaching the electoral guidelines and specifically the SOPs relating to Covid-19 pandemic.
During the closed door meeting, Lumumba says she reaffirmed her party’s commitment to sticking to scientific campaigns by holding strategic meetings of not more than 200 people; social distancing and ensuring delegates sanitize hands and no food or drinks are served.
“I assured the commission that the NRM Presidential candidate was leading the war against the pandemic and was walking the talk in that direction. I informed the commission that it was only our candidate that does not stop to wave at or address crowds of supporters by the roadside and in trading centres for fear of endangering them and as part of his strict observance of the SOPs.”