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NRM Leaders Ask Museveni to Stop Presidential Campaigns Over COVID-19

National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders in Isingiro district have proposed cancellation of the ongoing political campaigns in order to protect Ugandans from the surging Covid19 virus.

This call was made the party leaders from Isingiro district during President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign meeting in Mbarara.

Museveni yesterday kicked off his campaigns in Ankole region at Boma grounds in Mbarara.

In a document read by Minister Bright Rwamirama, Isingiro leaders suggested that campaigns should be halted and elections conducted rather than continuing to put the lives of Ugandans at risk.

These argued that by now all voters are aware of the people they want to vote for.

“We saw the ongoing rallies of our opponents and the increased spread of covid-19 disease. As the people of Isingiro, we ask that to order the campaigns to stop here because everyone now knows who to vote for” the minister said.

It should be noted that only a handful of candidates including president Museveni have put in an effort to follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission which involve keeping rally crowds under 200 and ensuring that everyone is wearing a face mask.

Meanwhile during the meeting, NRM leaders in Ankole attacked each other for showing individualistic tendencies during the election.

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“How stupid is it to find NRM leaders campaigning for independents just because they never sailed through? What sort of nonsense is that? Let’s stop it lets support our movement party” said Minister John Byabagambi

Byabagambi, who himself lost in the September party primaries said he would never go against the party interests because he was defeated.

“I accepted the results and I am supporting the flag bearer because five years are few and even after five years I can still campaign for the parliamentary seat if I want. But I am now at peace because being a leader you would be carrying a big burden,” he said.

James Tweheyo, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) chairperson representing workers’ league said the NRM must perform well in this election to compensate for the likely defeat in Central Uganda.

“For the Central region it’s obvious we are going to lose but we want to unite and look for votes that will compensate those that we shall have lost in central region” Tweheyo says

President Museveni while addressing the meeting, did not directly address the concerns brought up about the party.

He however cautioned against identity politics, saying that his party was only focused on interest politics.

“With tribal and sectarian politics no party would get majority support because if you go to religion, no religion can have 40%. No tribe makes up 17% of Uganda. So if you divide people in tribes and religion then forget to get majority support” says the president

According to the NRM roadmap, President Museveni will be campaigning in greater Bushenyi on today later hold an address late in the evening.

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