By APN Reporter
Concerned locals are up in arms against two former ministers and a member of parliament for allegedly flouting electoral commission guidelines on conducting public rallies.
They are; Henry Banyenzaki, the former State Minister for Economic
Monitoring, Hebert Kabafunzaki, former State Minister for Labor, Employment
and Industrial Relations and Henry Ariganyira Musasizi, the Chairperson for
Parliamentary Finance Committee. Banyenzaki is intending to contest in
Rubanda west county, Musassizi is seeking the third term in Rubanda east
county while Kabafunzaki is seeking the second term in Rukiga county.
Electoral commissioned recently banned political rallies as a preventive
measure against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The commission advised that all campaigns be conducted through media. President Yoweri Museveni
had also banned all public gatherings.
However, Musasizi spent the whole of last Saturday openly addressing
rallies in Mpungu Hamurwa sub-county, Rubanda district. During the
rallies, Musasizi ordered NRM voters not to vote him back if they are not
willing to vote the aspiring candidate of his choice “Stephen Ampeire
Kasyaba” on Rubanda District LC5 Chairpersonship seat.
Banyenzaki on Sunday conducted a rally at Ruhija Catholic Social Centre in
Ruhija sub-county, Rubanda district where he said that Rubanda west county
has dwindled in development due to bad representation. Kabafunzaki also on
Sunday conducted several rallies in Kamwezi sub-county, Rukiga district
where he begged voters to vote him for the second term.
But, concerned locals say that the three leaders should have respected the
guidelines and not put voters at risk of contracting Covid-19. Anthony
Sabitti a resident of Murambo village in Bubaare sub-county and James
Kabatereine, a voter from Mpungu parish in Hamurwa sub-county say that
conducting gatherings by such politicians is completely wrong and attempted
murder according to how President Yoweri Museveni directed.
They wonder why such politicians defy directives on public gatherings yet
they are the ones in the position to be advising locals to keep safe. They add
that such acts by politicians give locals an impression of more defying
Covid-19 preventive measures.
Laulian Mugisha, a voter from Kamwezi sub-county wonders why such
politicians don’t emulate religious leaders who have followed guidelines of
not opening places of worship as a spirit of preventing their followers
from contracting Covid-19. Mugisha says that it is unfortunate to see such
politicians failing to be lead examples by refraining from holding public
Efforts to get a comment from Kabafunzaki were futile as he could not pick
our reporter’s phone calls. When contacted, Musasizi said that he was only
meeting his voters at the village level to thank them for voting him as well as guarding his votes in 2011.
Banyenzaki says that he only met a reasonable number of his supporters and religious leaders to honor some of his unfulfilled pledges. Banyenzaki says that those arguing are influenced by his opponents after realizing that he has returned with strong support.
Peter Rwakifari, Rubanda Resident District Commissioner and Purikeria
Muhindo Mwiine, Rukiga Resident District Commissioner says that they have not received any information about the trio holding rallies in their