Dr. Abwed Bwanika, the People's Development Party presidential candidate, has pledged to chase away all foreigners who are involved in "petty investments" and businesses from Uganda if elected president.
Campaigning in Mbale town on Thursday evening, Bwanika also promised to ring fence certain jobs and investments for Ugandans.
According to Bwanika, foreigners doing petty business are denying Ugandans job opportunities, something he said his government will work against if elected president.
Bwanika promised that if elected president, he will review the Uganda Investment Authority and Ministry of Trade policies to ensure that Ugandans are considered first in terms of employment and investment opportunities.
He will also work to have clear and measurable benefits set for every investment in the country.
In view of the East African Community, Bwanika said his government will ensure that workers are retooled to remain competitive and employable.
Many voters who attended Bwanika's rally expressed support for his manifesto. However, many said they have lost faith in the impartiality of the Electoral Commission headed by Badru Kiggundu.
Evaline Nambozo, a food vendor says she did not vote in the previous election and won't do so this time. â€œThere is no need,â€ she says. â€œUgandans remain poor, and every time we vote, nothing changes.â€
â€œEven if you vote, they will rig the elections and the same people will return,â€ Nambozo added.
Ayub Watenyeri wants Bwanika and other opposition presidential candidates to assure Ugandans on how they will deal with vote rigging which he claims marred the previous elections.
This frustration is shared by Solomon Hamba, another voter who asked the opposition presidential candidates to come out with a proactive way of dealing with election rigging.
But Bwanika emphasised that voters should do their part in voting and guarding their votes. He said the opposition candidates will keenly follow the election results from the polling stations to the national tally center.