Muntu told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that although the approach was fronted as ideal for controlling the spread of coronavirus disease, the government has already exposed its lack of readiness to follow and implement related health guidelines.
The leader of the
Alliance for National Transformation Maj. Gen. Gregory
Mugisha Muntu has said
that a move by the Electoral Commission to ban physical campaigns tantamount to
snatching the right of Ugandans to make informed decisions.
Uganda Radio Network in an interview that although the approach was fronted as ideal for controlling
the spread of coronavirus disease, the government has
already exposed its lack of readiness to follow and implement related health
His comments were in response to a revised roadmap
that was outed by the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama
Mugenyi on June 16, in preparation for the 2021 general elections. Ugandans
will be voting for a president, members of Parliament and local government leaders.
But according to Byabakama, it is risky to run
crowded campaigns at a time when the world is facing paralysis occasioned by the
coronavirus disease. As a result, he advised political contenders to utilize virtual
collaboration platforms to interface with their constituents.
Muntu says his party, the Alliance for National
Transformation (ANT) is engaging the commission and scientists to review the
position. Muntu noted that because millions of Ugandans cannot afford the
cost of virtual engagements, campaigns it is crucial
that scientists offer alternative measures that neither damage the
country’s politics nor the lives of Ugandans.
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Muntu cited crowds in Kikuubo
Business Community where people operate an equivalent of a daily open rally
amidst all restrictions.
He says that the developments in Kikuubo show that it is possible to have
political rallies with guidelines of managing crowds to control the spread of
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Muntu however advised political opponents against
boycotting the general elections. He says the only time
they would take a boycott as an option is when they have built
enough structures to mobilize the population to a level where they can paralyse an