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Mixed Public Reactions After Muntu Cancels Meetings in Kalangala

Muntu was expected to campaign in Kalangala on Monday, the same day he visited Kyotera and Rakai district. However, he postponed his planned campaign meeting in Kalangala citing transport complications. However, some residents are not sympathetic to Muntu and his campaign team.

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Residents of Kalangala district have expressed mixed reactions to the cancellation of campaign meetings by Maj. Gen. Gregg Mugisha Muntu, a Presidential Candidate of the Alliance for National Transformation.

Muntu was expected to campaign in Kalangala on Monday, the same day he visited Kyotera and Rakai district. However,  he postponed his planned campaign meeting in Kalangala citing transport complications.

Muntu noted that Kalangala is isolated and would require him to spend at least a day in the district that is accessible by either water or air. Kalangala is made up of 84 islands spread around seven sub-counties and 105 villages.

However, some residents faulted  Muntu's team for poor planning.

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Another resident thinks that Muntu did not intend to visit the island district because most people were not aware of planned meetings.

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However, a few others sympathised  with Muntu and other presidential candidates because, unlike the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, they do not have sufficient funds to fly or use speed boats to and from Kalangala and some of its islands.

Another resident, Remegious Kiyita, contesting for youth  LCIII councillor at Kalangala town Council on the National Unity Platform- NUP ticket hopes that all presidential candidates visit the district because it has unique challenges. He adds that oil palm farmers want  BIDCO (U) Ltd to buy their produce at a higher price, up from the current price of shillings 600 Shillings per kilogram.

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Nancy Kalembe, the only female candidate plans to visit Kalangala on December 5, 2020 followed by Henry Tumukunde  Kakurugu on December 19 while National Unity Platform’s (NUP) candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu will visit on December 20, 2020.

Nobert Mao will visit on December 28, 2020, followed by Joseph Kabuleta on January 9, 2020. But Vincent Zziwa, one  of the area leaders is wondering if candidates like Willy Mayambala and John Katumba will even visit Kalangala considering the difficulties they have faced in other places that can be accessed by roads such as Wakiso and Gulu.