November 18,2020 is one of the days that Ugandans may never forget,why?
It was when the two day riots in which over 50 people lost lives broke up across the country.
The riots followed the arrest of National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine by security personnel in the Eastern district of Luuka as he was getting prepared to address a campaign rally.
Police under the command of Mr Frank Mwesigwa accused Kyagulanyi of gathering a huge crowd that was not following any of the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission.
However, today (Sunday) Kyagulanyi returned to the district and continued from where he had stopped. Pictures have shown people standing by the roadside as they waved to their candidate while others in hundreds followed him to the venue where he addressed a rally.
In his address, Kyagulanyi emphasized the issue of Sugar cane prices. “To the people of Luuka, I’m well aware of the low sugar cane prices, the bad roads, the poverty, and all that oppresses my people of Luuka. I can authoritatively assure that Luuka will not be left out in the new Uganda.”
He added that, “My forefathers were born in Luuka and my father told me some of them shifted to Iganga. The fact that the people of Busoga love me is not a mistake. While I am here, I’m Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert Ngobi.”
Mr Kyagulanyi also said that if he’s elected president, parents will cease paying for the Uneb registration fees for primary and secondary finalists.
“It pains me to see a parent struggling with schools from primary one to primary seven but the government tells them to pay for registration. It also pains me to see parents who have paid for a child from senior one to senior four or six to be asked to pay for the Uneb registration for their children. So, let me tell you this standing here in Luuka, if I become president, all Uneb registration fees will be paid by government.” Mr Kyagulanyi said.
From Luuka, Mr Kyagulanyi headed to Kamuli District. Here, he said he respects the Speaker and Woman Member of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga but urged her to let the fresh blood take on the mantle in the district.
Kyagulanyi said he would accommodate Kadaga in his government if he wins. “I will give Rebecca Kadaga a position when I become President because I respect her and she is my aunt,” he revealed.
Mr Kyagulanyi’s last campaign meeting on Sunday was supposed to be held in Jinja. However, by the time we published this article, he had just left a road block where his convoy was being held by the Police for reasons we had not confirmed.
If Mr Kyagulanyi fails to meet his supporters in the district, this will be the second time that he is being denied.
On Tuesday this week ending, Kyagulanyi was blocked from reaching the rally venue when his vehicle was shot at and got flat tyres. It’s wind screen was also damaged.
Kyagulanyi could later suspend his campaign trail and came back to Kampala to meet with the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama.
In the meeting, Kyagulanyi and his team complained to Justice Byabakama how Police and the army had made it so difficult for the NUP candidate to hold campaign meetings.