Presidential hopefuls; Maj. Gen. Henry Tumukunde (Independent) and Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine from the National Unity Platform party (NUP) have collectively protested limited media space especially (outdoor media coverage) which they say is currently favouring the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Speaking to journalists at his offices this week, Gen Tumukunde wondered why NRM has undermined him to the extent of placing their candidate’s Billboard facing his headquarters at Impala Avenue, Kololo in Kampala.
“You can also see just facing me here but how many posters and billboards of Tumukunde have you seen outside there,” he said
The banner Gen. Tumukunde protested is hanged at opposite his offices alongside Lugogo Bypass few metres after Kololo independence grounds.
“Even the mainstream media has been captured by one party. Media coverage is not balanced at all. Journalists and media houses need to stick on their values while covering these polls,” he added.
On the same point, Mr Kyagulanyi also said his campaign posters are being plucked off under protection of police.
“They are so scared to teeth and that is why they would deploy police and goons to deface our banners and remove our posters,” he said
Kyagulanyi claims police oversaw an operation in Kampala this week, where his posters were removed from clock tower and Entebbe Road.
“In areas of Mpigi, NRM leaders under the guard of police move around removing our posters,” he noted.
He said nonetheless that these actions will not scare them or deter them.
“Instead these actions show us how scared and vulnerable our opponents are.”
Police however, have recently defended removal of the posters of most NUP candidates in which they are wearing red berets which are a preserve of the national army.