The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has stated that its presidential candidate and incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni reached more Ugandan voters through virtual campaigns than he would have done through holding mass campaign rallies.
This was revealed by the NRM National Treasurer Rose Namayanja on Sunday January 10, who said that the NRM message has gone to more people than the numbers candidate Museveni would have met in the mass rallies.
“Much as being in an area physically has its mileage, we have taken advantage of the media so that the message he gives to a particular region goes to various areas,” Namayanja said.
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission banned all mass campaign rallies and announced scientific elections where campaigns would be conducted through the media, and holding mini rallies of not more than 200 people.
The Commission, with consultations from the Ministry of Health, would later suspend campaigns in 12 districts which were designated as COVID-19 hotspots. These included; Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Kasese, Kabalore, Kazo, Tororo among others.
Despite a few incidents where Museveni was seen addressing a mammoth of crowds, he spent most of his campaign time meeting NRM leaders in various districts.
His meetings were, however, aired on various radio and TV stations, and online platforms.
Namayanja assured NRM supporters that as a party, they are set for Thursday 14th January 2021 when Ugandans will go to polls to elect the next president.
“We want to assure our voters that as a party, we are set for Thursday 14th January 2021. We have witnessed the fruits in terms of mobilization,” she said.
On Wednesday last week, the NRM youths led by their National Youth League chairman Gaddafi Nassur, launched a village based mobilization campaign for Museveni.
Nassur said that by the end of the week, the NRM message would have reached all villages in the country.
Commenting on the matter, Namayanja said the progress of the village based mobilization strategy has been witnessed.
“We have seen the impact it has created in our villages. But also, working with our flag bearers, we have had campaigns countrywide; right from parish councillors to Members of Parliament, LC5 chairpersons, district councilors and Special Interest Group (SIGs) councilors. The campaign has been vigorous out there, door to door. It has yielded results. We are witnessing great progress,” she said.
Meanwhile, Namayanja urged Ugandans to maintain peace as they choose their next President on Thursday.
“I call upon all Ugandans to maintain peace during this process. Voting just ends on 14th January but Uganda is still here. In whatever we do, let’s maintain peace,” she said.