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EC should disqualify Museveni for bribing Voters-Fr Gaetano

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EC should disqualify Museveni for bribing Voters-Fr Gaetano

By Richard Akandwanaho

The Chairperson of the Interreligious Council of Kigezi Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has asked Uganda’s Electoral Commission to disqualify NRM’s Presidential candidate Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni over voter bribery.

In November last year, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretariat released at least sh24b for countrywide door-to-door campaigns ahead of the 2021 general election. The NRM secretary-general said each village branch will receive sh300,000, parish sh100,000, sub-county sh300,000, municipality/city division sh3m, district and city sh5m.

Last month, the NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumuba said that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party will spend at least Shs31.2b in facilitating campaigns for its flag bearers on parliamentary, city mayoral and LC5 seats ahead of the 2021 General Election.

The party is also facilitating the campaigns for city councillors, city division mayors and councillors, district councillors and LC3 chairpersons and sub-county councils across the country.

Lumumba said the facilitation is meant to help candidates procure campaign logistics and materials such as posters, fliers, transport, mobile phone airtime and water for campaign task forces.  The party has also reimbursed the nomination fees paid to the Electoral Commission by flag bearers on each of the listed levels of leadership.

Speaking during a press conference yesterday at Kick Corruption out of Uganda offices in Kirigime ward Kabale municipality, Fr Gaetano said that it’s unfortunate that the Electoral Commission has remained silent when the NRM government headed by President Museveni is publically bribing voters for election favours.

Fr Gaetano said that the EC should prove its Independence to Ugandans by questioning the NRM government, the source of its funding and immediately disqualify President Museveni for bribing voters to vote him on 14th this month to retain his seat as the President of Uganda.

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How NRM flag bearers shared party cash

• Each MP- Shs43m

• Each Woman MP -Shs53m

• Each SIG Reps Shs-83m

• Each SIG (Regional) -Shs63m

• Each city mayor -Shs60.2m

• Each district chair- Shs50.2m

• Each councillors -Shs1m

• Each SIG (districts) -Shs1.5m

• Each Women councillor- Shs1.5m

• Each city (SIG)- Shs2m

• Each municipality chair -Shs20.1m

• Each women councillor- Shs500k

• Each municipality councillor – Shs500k

• Each Municipality (SIG) -Shs1.05m

• Each sub-county councillor -Shs120k