Last month, the government released Shillings 15 billion to the Electoral Commission for funding political parties. However, only political parties with representation in parliament received the money.
General Gregory Muntu, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for National Transformation-
ANT party has asked opposition members and non-members who want change to donate and support
their candidates wherever they are.
He was speaking to URN in an Interview on the findings of the report titled “the
impact of the cost of politics on inclusive political participation in Uganda”
conducted and published by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Public
Policy Institute and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.
revealed that political parties like ANT have capable candidates who were
nominated but their path to positions of leadership is threatened by lack of
funds to run their campaigns especially in this “so-called scientific elections”.
He explained that the campaigns will this time round be more
expensive to run compared to the past since candidates have to use media houses
and the internet to communicate to voters yet radio talk shows cost no less
than Shillings 700,000.
According to Muntu, President Museveni and NRM have
tapped into state resources to finance their campaigns to the disadvantage of
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Last month, the government released Shillings 15 billion to the Electoral
Commission for funding political parties. However, only political parties with
representation in parliament received the money.
According to Muntu, NRM took the
the largest chunk of that money, while FDC the biggest opposition party in
parliament got less than a billion Shillings.
He said it’s against this background that any Ugandan
interested change through an election should donate any amount to their parties
to be able to support their campaigns.
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Muntu has also called on Ugandans to use their usual
experience in determining who the best leaders are by judging their integrity
to avoid sending more corrupt people into positions of leadership.
He argues that Ugandans don’t need lectures on
how to choose leaders with integrity because they have always chosen leaders in
their worship places, clan gatherings and tribal groupings among other areas.