In contrast to the pomp associated with other big
presidential candidates as they launched their campaigns and manifestos for the 2021 general elections, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) contender Gen. Mugisha Muntu has chosen a modest launch for his electoral battle.
Muntu today launched his presidential campaign in
Makindye and Rubaga Divisions all found in Kampala Capital City.
At Makindye-Gogonya, our reporter observed local ANT
flag bearers make preparations hurriedly to host the presidential candidate. A
weak public address system was planted that attracted a small crowd mainly consisting
of women and children.
The site was hardly recognizable as a party venue
due to the scanty branding compared to other candidates who have elaborate out-door
campaign branding materials. The event looked more of a ground set for a local
candidate and not presidential contender as most of the attendees wore
party T-shirts bearing names of the Lord councilor aspirant.
On arrival at the venue, Winnie Kiiza the Chairperson
of the ANT campaign Task Force told a crowd of over 200 people that three of the
public address systems they had hired were confiscated. Without giving details
why the address systems had been confiscated, Kiiza appealed to the crowd to
elect the party flag bearers to ensure better education and health systems.
Luganda //Cue in: “okutuka wanno microphone…
Cue out:…nga omuntu.”//
Gen. Muntu appealed for trust from the population
saying that once in office; he would guarantee the interests of the people.
English //Cue in: “I am not…
Cue out:…buliwa, ANT.”//
The Presidential candidate said that things like
money and power that have intoxicated other leaders are all under his feet
since his proposed leadership is value driven.
English //Cue in: “I can tell…
Cue out:…trust in us.”//
He pledged to put in place a National Health
Insurance System as well as low cost housing in the city that will deal with
“We have started
our campaigns in Kampala because it is the heart of the country. It has a big
population. Any work in regard to Kampala should have started a long time but
this has not happened and it means that any new leader should work day and
night to ensure that there is a system of solving the current problems like
flooding, youth unemployment, poor housing and congestion on roads,” said
English and Luganda //Cue in: “abafuuzi abalina
Cue out:… for National Transformation.”//
Muntu added that he had built a trust legacy over
the years through his service in the army as a commander of the national defense forces where he laid and maintained accountability systems until the time he left.
“Trust me and by God’s grace we shall liberate this
country, build it, and uplift it so that there is fairness and transparency. If
you want to see the level of development of the country, look at the orphans
and widows, the most lowly people…where the level of livelihood is…that is
where we want to be measured, not by roads, dams, power, skyscrapers but the
level to which we intend to lift the lives of orphans and widows, the
impoverished,” he said.
Gen. Muntu continues his campaign tomorrow in
Kawempe and Central Divisions of Kampala.