Civil Society Activists Campaigning against
commercialized politics say that the will of the people to vote for useful
leaders has been distorted by too much money being used by those aspiring for
The activists called for action against the growing political commerce during an Online conference spearheaded by
the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring -ACFIM, where several CSOs agreed to enhance advocacy for development of tougher laws and regulations
on campaign finance to prevent the excessive influence of money in
The ACFIM executive director Henry Muguzi said that
the more popular democracy has become, the more circulation of money in the
election process, hence a big threat to the quality of leadership the country
He added that most people seek leadership in
political parties and national offices to use influence of the office to enrich
themselves and hence something should be done to curb the situation ahead of
Uganda’s 2021 general elections.
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He also revealed that increase in commercialized politicking
attracts scavengers especially from outside or foreign agents such as
Terrorists, Arms Dealers and other people with commercial laundering interests
who offer to support people’s campaigns in exchange for selfish promises from
the would be elected leaders.
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The executive director Transparency International Peter
Wandera noted that available statistics show that corruption increases when
most countries are organizing elections an indication that most money being
used to finance campaigns is illicit