Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, the outspoken parish priest of Kitanga Catholic Church in in Kabale Diocese has expressed concern over the excessive commercialization of elections in Uganda.
Fr Batanyenda who’s also the head of the Inter-religious Council in Kigezi region said Uganda had reached a level where only the rich are elected to political offices.
“Whatever the case, the poor can never defeat the rich in Uganda even if he or she has all the capabilities. Even if Jesus Christ chose to contest with a rich Ugandan, he would lose. Money has destroyed the election processes in Uganda,” he said.
“I urge Ugandans to choose capable leaders who will steer their communities to development. My message to the electorate is; eat the money they bring to you but choose leaders with capabilities”.
According a 2016 report by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), each NRM MP that was interviewed, he or she spent about Ugx 233 million; opposition MPs spent Ugx 187 million each while independent MPs spent Ugx 189 million each in the 2016 parliamentary elections.