Renown events promoter and National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporter Balam Barugahara has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of conniving with opposition candidates to frustrate the party presidential candidate’s campaigns in Kampala metropolitan area.
The EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama effective 26th December 2020 suspended all campaign meetings in 12 districts and cities categorized by Ministry of Health as having high spread of COVID-19.
The commission noted that despite several reminders to candidates to conduct campaigns in a manner that will not put the lives of Ugandans at risk, some candidates have continued to address mass gatherings, which has led to fast spread of the virus in Uganda.
However, this didn’t go down well with Barugahara who said as NRM supporters they had planned to massively welcome the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as he campaigns in the Kampala metropolitan area.
He said since the opposition candidates have always emerged victorious in this area, they did everything within their means to prevent president Museveni from campaigning in the area.
“As NRM supporters we had planned to stand on the roadside to welcome our president while following the SOPs but unfortunately the Electoral Commission connived with the opposition candidates to suspend the campaign meetings. They don’t want our president to campaign in the area. But NRM is going to win in Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala.” Said Barugahara
He made the remarks today during the launch of the Museveni Election Music Awards (MEMA) held at the NRM party headquarters in Kampala.
The awards are meant to recorgnise artists who have sung songs praising president Museveni and the NRM government ahead of the 2021 election.
Barugahara who is the organiser of the virtual award ceremony slated for 31st December 2020 says the over all winner will walk away with 5 million shillings.
“The event will not be open to the general public. We shall relay it live on various television channels and social media platforms. We have registered 500 participants but we are planning to reduce them to 200 to meet the ministry of health’s Standard Operating Procedures against COVID-19.” Said Barugahara adding that all participants will be tested for the virus before the event that will be held at Kati Kati.
The awards have been sponsored by the NRM Secretariat and partners including Namakenke industrial park headed by Gen Salim Saleh and Muhoozi Keinarugaba through the Keinarugaba foundation.