Kyalimpa’s appointment and his subsequent withdrawal from the race shades light on how the NRM has used money, positions and in some cases underhand methods to entice or cajole candidates out of the race to allow its flag bearers go through unopposed.
The unveiled campaign poster has the face of NUP presidential flag bearer Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, in a blue suit with the party symbol (the umbrella) but with no red beret, the popular symbol of the People Power movement
Joel Ssenyonyi, the spokesperson of NUP said that the money although not sufficient to cover the fees of all their aspirants, is testimony that Ugandan’s are participating in bringing about change in the country.
Several aspirants who were never chosen expressed dismay on the criteria that was used to select flag bearers. Some accused senior party members or their surrogates of soliciting bribes from candidates. He who paid the highest amount ultimately got the ticket, they alleged.
Byabakama's explanation follows a letter written to him by members of NURDP querying the manner in which the name and the leadership of their party had changed. The members questioned the entire extraordinary delegates conference allegedly held on 14/07/2020 and attended by only 51 unverified members out of a delegate’s member list of 400 delegates.
Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda says that the measures are likely to affect a sizeable number of Ugandans, whose livelihood is dependent on their daily income. He says that the category of Nationals needs to be supported to overcome the distress that is likely to come with the measures.
According to Ssenyonyi, when they wrote to police, the only response they got was through media reports the next day by the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, saying they hadn’t followed the laid down guidelines.
In an interview with URN, Tamale says he was the first journalist to arrive in Kyadondo East to cover the planned meeting. He says as he approached Kasangati police station about half a kilometer to the planned venue of the meeting at about 7:30am, he found car spikes placed in the middle of the road to help the police scrutinize those heading to Gayaza.