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Breaking the rules! Political aspirants flout EC guidelines, conduct public rallies

RUKIGA- A group of angry residents are up in arms against two former ministers and a Member of Parliament for allegedly infringing Electoral Commission guidelines on conducting public rallies.

The trio includes; Hon Henry Banyenzaki, the former State Minister for Economic Monitoring, Hon Herbert Kabafunzaki, and former State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations  Hon Henry Ariganyira Musasizi, the Chairperson for Parliamentary Finance Committee.  

Rubanda West County, Musassizi is seeking the third term in Rubanda East County while Kabafunzaki is seeking the second term in Rukiga County.

The Electoral Commission recently banned political rallies as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The commission advised that all campaigns be conducted through elctronic media.

However, the Rubanda East legislator, Aringanyira Musasizi spent the whole of last week openly addressing rallies in Mpungu Hamurwa sub-county in Rubanda district. 

 During the rallies, Musasizi ordered NRM voters not to vote him back if they are not willing to vote the aspiring candidate of his choice “Stephen Ampeire Kasyaba” on Rubanda District LC5 Chairpersonship seat.

Banyenzaki on Sunday conducted a rally at Ruhija Catholic Social Centre in Ruhija sub-county, Rubanda district where he said that Rubanda West County has declined in development due to poor representation. 

 Kabafunzaki on Sunday also conducted several rallies in Kamwezi sub-county, Rukiga district where he appealed to voters to elcet him for a second term.

But, concerned residents say that the three leaders should have respected the guidelines and not put voters at risk of contracting Covid-19.

Anthony Sabitti a resident of Murambo village in Bubaare sub-county and James Kabatereine, a voter from Mpungu parish in Hamurwa sub-county say that conducting gatherings by such politicians is completely wrong and attempted murder according to how President Yoweri Museveni directed.

They wonder why such politicians defy directives on public gatherings yet they are the ones in the position to be advising locals to keep safe.

Laulian Mugisha, a voter from Kamwezi sub-county wonders why such politicians don’t emulate religious leaders who have followed guidelines of not opening places of worship as a spirit of preventing their followers from contracting Covid-19.

 Mugisha says that it is unfortunate to see such politicians failing to be lead examples by refraining from holding public gatherings.

Efforts to get a comment from Kabafunzaki were futile as he could not pick our reporter’s phone calls. When contacted, Musasizi said that he was only meeting his voters at the village level to thank them for voting him as well as guarding his votes in 2011.

Banyenzaki says that he only met a reasonable number of his supporters and religious leaders to honor some of his unfulfilled pledges.

Banyenzaki says that those arguing are influenced by his opponents after realizing that he has returned with very strong support.

Peter Rwakifari, Rubanda Resident District Commissioner and Purikeria Muhindo Mwiine, Rukiga Resident District Commissioner says that they have not received any information about the trio holding rallies in their respective constituencies.


Felix Twinomugisha
Since Felix Twinomugisha joined the Informer Ug in 2020, he is still amazed how, "the company gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills. It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, and photography and television production." A practicing journalist since 2016, first with Greater African Radio in Mbarara later to Freedom Radio in Kabale and Currently at Crane Radio Ishaka Bushenyi. He is the Chief Beaural for the Informer Ug for Greater Bushenyi Including Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju, Sheema, Rubirizi.


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