Politicians in Acholi
sub region have taken advantage of the Covid19 sensitisation camp to keep their
hopes alive ahead of the 2021 general elections.
Dozens of politicians eyeing different
political offices have developed COVID-19 messages and paid-for spot messages
to air on local FM radios.
Several others have
printed posters with their pictures carrying tips on how to prevent the Covid19
According to the politicians, including incumbents and new entrants,
the sensitisation messages are meant to help them to reach out to voters
because of the ban on public gatherings to curtail the spread of the pandemic. Robert Larubi, who is eyeing Toci County parliamentary seat in Omoro
District as an Independent crafted his message with an Indian-English accent to
catch the attention of voters.
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Betty Laika, another aspirant for the Omoro District Woman parliamentary seat,
says the Covid19 guidelines issued by government need to be reinforced through various
approaches for the benefit of the local population.
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Nancy Atimango, who
intends to contest for the Gulu Municipality seat, says she translated her
message in the local language to benefit grassroots people. Anthony Akol, the incumbent Kilak North County MP in Amuru District has also
printed posters with Covid19 messages encouraging his electorates to observe
Despite this, it is still unclear whether or not the
elections will take place given the effects the pandemic has had on the election road map. The lock down has
affected the gazetting and publication of candidate’s nomination dates and
venues, which should have been ongoing this month, according to the 2020-2021 road-map
issued by Electoral Commission-EC.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.