In a campaign that was scientific—characterized by smaller crowds, broadcast media was a target for all political actors. Though it’s those with money who could buy space. And given that most radios in Uganda are owned by politicians of the ruling party, opposition parties reported being denied access to media space with no explanation.
Emmanuel Dombo, the party Director of Communication told Uganda Radio Network that supporters received support in form of transporting them to better medical facilities from upcountry and payment of bills.
The parties say the government usually allocates more money to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM even where the law states that all parties eligible should get an equal share. In the last elections, the government released 15 billion Shillings which, according to the opposition was supposed to be shared equally between the parties represented in parliament. The NRM took more than half of it.
Last week, Christopher Matabi, a voter at Kiteme Church of Uganda Polling Station in Bamunanika county and resident of Nnalongo in Bamunanika Sub-County petitioned the High Court in Kampala, seeking the nullification of Ssekitooleko’s victory.
From misery and desperation of searching for missing loved ones to ululations of having them back, the community has learnt one lesson: keep your mouth shut on politics. That is the response Uganda Radio Network got from interviews conducted.
Amos Wambede 19, a senior five student at St. Balikuddembe SS Kisoga says that after securing victory in the recently concluded elections, where he contested as an independent candidate, his father Moses Madanda said he had now matured enough to take care of his needs.
Consumed by fear and trauma of what they went through, almost all of them were unwilling to freely tell people and journalists who flocked to their homes on Tuesday morning to stare at them and listen to their stories.
Mukasa Julius Opondo the Bujumba County MP is alleged to have borrowed 13 million shillings from Lwanga Leon Lumaga to boost his campaigns in 2016 General Elections. He borrowed an additional five million shillings to throw a party for his supporters after winning.
The high numbers are attributed to learners who have come from private schools that closed due to financial constraints before government allowed a staggered re-opening of schools. Parents with pupils in P.5 have also chosen to send their children into the semi-candidate classes.
Led by Joseph Kasirye, the National Unity Platform registrar for Masaka City, the activists who include members of two other opposition parties; the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and Democratic Party-DP, argue that the current electoral laws are still weak to stop vote-rigging.
Bemumisa accuses Niwagaba of rigging, vore bribery and harassing his agents. According to the petition, Niwagaba connived with his brother-in-law Alexander Kyokwijuna, a business consultant and a resident of Kigarama in maziba sub-county and harassed his agents especially in the sub-counties of Maziba and Buhara.
The National Unity Platform -NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine scored above 50 percent at 381 of 765 polling stations that were situated at Muslim institutions. Bobi Wine’s win at these polling stations was 49.8 percent on average.
According to Katumba who never wanted to reveal detailed information about his health status and which hospital he attends for medication locally, on every visit he makes he spends between 500,000 to one million shillings, which he says is quite high.
‘‘I have been taking rice, cooking oil, sugar, soap and other items to Kitalya and spending over 200,000shs every time I go there. Now I am just wondering, who could be the person taking advantage of a poor woman like me for all the tree times I have delivered all those items?” -Stella Nayiga.
Bobi Wine said he polled 6,116,959 yet the Electoral Commission data shows that he got 3,631,437 votes. It’s an increase of 2,485,522 votes. And for Museveni, NUP claims he scored 4,382,669 which is a 1,660,229 reduction, yet he polled 6,042,898 according EC.
On Wednesday, Justice Wilson Masalu Musene overturned his ruling and reverted the two Aloet and Opiyai wards to Soroti East Division basing on the affidavits from the Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi.