The presidential candidates and members in their campaigns teams have raised matters of human resource empowerment, welfare, corruption, financing, tools and skills of the security sector. The candidates also emphasize proper planning for internal security threats as opposed to the external that government has always planned for and financed.
Contenders for the 2021 presidential seat have expressed their priorities on
security in Uganda.
The presidential candidates and members in their campaigns
teams have raised matters of human resource empowerment, welfare, corruption, financing,
tools and skills of the security sector. The candidates also emphasize proper
planning for internal security threats as opposed to the external that government
has always planned for and financed.
Nancy Linda Kalembe, a female 2021 presidential Independent candidate prioritizes
improving personnel welfare to curb corruption especially in the police, increase
salaries of the army, police and prisons and allow them live decently in
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Ramathan Goobi, a member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) 2021
manifesto team says the incumbent government has already professionalized the
army, police and prisons, quelling internal rebel insurgences, but have to look
at other security threats like environment, food, jobs and wealth creation as a
dimension of security in Uganda.
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Mathias Mpuuga, a National Unity Platform (NUP) believes the security
funding has not motivated our security personnel and also tackled the internal
unforeseen threats well.
He says the security in Uganda should move forward to cater for things like
pandemics, murders, unemployment, floods, droughts but as well motivate the
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Luyimbazi Nalukoola, a legal advisor to the Democratic Party (DP) says that
by improving Uganda’s economy through creating agro - processing industries,
creating employment for the youths in their areas, transparency in recruitment
of security officers must be practiced in Uganda.
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The DP is yet to launch their manifesto for the 2021 presidential elections.
Wilberforce Seryazi, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) spokesperson
underlines the welfare, training, security image like local defense units, promotions
and path of careers in the economy in Uganda through research.
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Other key contenders in the race include Patrick Oboi Amurait of the Forum
for Democratic Change party, who has promised to create equal opportunities for
all, and improve health care and education. He has not launched his 2021
The former Security Minister Henry Tumukunde and 24-year-old graduate, John
Katumba, contesting in the polls, Joseph Kabuleta, Willy Mayambala and Fred
Mwesigye have not yet publicized their manifestos.
The presidential candidates have 49 days left to promote their manifestos across the country to convince 17.7 million registered voters to
Ugandans will vote for a president, members of the parliament, and local
government representatives on January 14, 2021.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.