The Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter
Mayiga has condemned voters pestering aspirants for money ahead of the 2021
Currently, aspirants for various political seats are
holding town hall meetings to convince to woo voters in the ongoing party
However, in the meetings, aspirants pay the participants
between Shillings 5000 and 20,000 each disguised as transport refund or lunch
allowances. Voters shun aspirants without money.
The Katikkiro will not have any of this.
his tours to sensitize Buganda loyalists on Coffee farming at Butuntumula sub
county headquarters in Luweero district on Tuesday, Mayiga condemned voters who
are seeking handouts from aspirants, saying these won’t help them get out of
He encouraged residents to embrace coffee growing for wealth creation
rather than engage in begging money from aspirants.
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According to Buganda kingdom officials, they have distributed over 10 million coffee seedlings to the subjects in the
past two years to help get them out of poverty.
Ronald Mulondo, the
Buganda Kingdom representative in Bulemeezi County told the Katikkiro that
instead of people utilizing their land for farming, many people have resorted
to sell it leaving them poor.
He cited Kamira, Zirobwe and Bamunanika sub
counties where the price of land has shoot up as people from other areas dash
there to buy land.
Erasto Kibirango, one of the aspirants for the
Luweero LC V Chairperson’s seat, says the Covid19 restrictions, which forced
them to hold town hall meetings have exposed them to huge expenses.
says many who would be good leaders have opted out of politics because of increased
demands for money.
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Disan Kikabi, another aspirant for Luweero LC 5 Chairperson
seat says many of his colleagues have stopped campaigns over demands from
Kikabi says that unlike the past campaigns, the current
campaigns are costly since few voters are invited in meetings and they expect
money in form of transport.
Phobe Namulindwa, an aspirant for Luweero Woman MP Seat, says
she is overwhelmed with the financial requests but has made it clear to voters
that she is unable to honor their demands.
Sam Kanyike, a resident of Kyevunze village,
says those begging money from aspirants are languishing in abject poverty and
looking for survival.
Recently, the Electoral Commission-EC Chairperson,
Justice Simon Byabakama was quoted saying that commercialization of politics
had distorted the democratic processes in the country.
He said the commercialisation of politics has
not only led to the election of incapable leaders but it has also increased the
costs of organising elections.