Museveni Not Happy with EC Decision to Suspend Campaigns
While commissioning a power station in Mbalala Mukono yesterday, President Museveni expressed concerns about the Electoral Commission decision to close campaigns in some districts over COVID-19.
“I have never done rallies but it looks like this Electoral Commission man has placed me together with Kyagulanyi but God is watching. We have never had rallies, “Museveni said
Mr. Museveni added that he would obey the EC directive despite the fact that they have not defied any of their rules. “We only have leaders’ meetings and when we meet supporters we don’t get out but because he (Byabakama) has ordered, we agree.” He added.
Museveni who appeared in a suit not in his usual yellow T-shirt told members that he wasn’t in the place to compaign. “I am now a diplomat and no one will say I campaigned. Tell him (Byabakama), we saw a man who looks like one who works for UN.”
The Electoral Commission on Saturday suspended campaign meetings in Kampala and 11 other districts in the country owing to the surging Coronavirus infections and the continued violation of Standard Operating Procedures.
The EC spokesperson, Paul Bukenya told journalists that campaign meetings and rallies are considered to be leading the spread of the virus and therefore had to be suspended until further notice.
The other districts in which the campaigns were banned include Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Kabarole, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo and Tororo.
By the time the campaigns in the 12 districts were banned, Museveni who usually holds meetings with NRM leaders was only left with greater Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala districts.