National Unity Platform - NUP Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, has promised to prioritise infrastructure and social services in Tooro sub-region once elected.
He says the region needs a better road network and an airport befitting a tourism city as it is called, and an improved education system for the people of Tooro.
made the pledges while addressing three different rallies in the districts of
Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo and in Fort Portal Tourism city on Monday.
musician-turned-politician said that most of the roads in the Sub region that
heavily earns from agriculture are in appalling state and make transportation
of agricultural produce hard.
gave an example of the roads with in the tea estates and those that lead to tea
factories in Kabarole like the Kijura road, which he said will be tarmacked once
he takes over the office.
at Kabura playground in Fort Portal, Kyagulanyi wondered how the area could be
named a tourism city without a single airport. He said that for Fort Portal
residents to benefit from tourism, he will ensure the place gets a modern
the education sector, he promised to promote arts and talent, saying there are
several learners with talents in education institutions who have been left
behind because the current system attaches less value on them.
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whose speech was heavily based on Biblical teachings of love and respect,
said people should not look at him as a politician but a person who wants to
fight for their problems like poverty, unemployment, bad governance, and many
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campaigns in Tooro were characterized by tight security where police beat up his
supporters and fired tear gas and live bullets at most trading centres between
Kyegegwa district where he started from and Fort Portal.
he had just entered Kyegegwa, he was blocked from proceeding to the Humura
Primary School playground in Kyegegwa town council and was escorted to Kibuye playground
where he addressed dozens of his supporters for less than 20 minutes.
there, police asked him to head straight to Butiiti Playground that is several
kilometres away from Kyenjojo town council but along the way, masses poured
onto the road sides to wave at him. However, police with reinforcement from the
Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF fired live bullets and beat up Boda boda
riders and NUP supporters who attempted to escort his convoy.
at Butiiti, the NUP Vice President in Western Region, Jolly Mugisha, appreciated
the hundreds of the supporters who braved the security harassment and intimidation to reach the
venue and listen to their presidential candidate.
asked them to guard their votes and also recruit more people into the party
that she said will win the presidency at all costs.
the Kyenjojo rally, Kyagulanyi headed to Fort Portal but was blocked from Kitumba
in Central Division and stopped from proceeding to the city Centre. His convoy
and supporters were diverted to the Kitumba-Harubaaho-Kacwamba road that led to
the Kabura playground where he addressed the final rally.
Monday rallies, a number of Kyagulanyi supporters including Rehema Kunihira,
the NUP parliamentary candidate in the Kyegegwa Woman Member of Parliament race,
were arrested from AMAC suites hotel in Kyegegwa district while organizing for the rallies.
Resident District Commissioner – RDC Mesach Ruhuga Kawamara who is also the the
head of the security committee in the district told URN that he has no idea
about their arrest or whereabouts.
On Tuesday, Kyagulanyi is scheduled to hold rallies in Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts, even though the venues have not yet been cleared.