On Saturday, as candidates conducted the final lap of the campaigns, some of them struggled to control the crowds and eventually addressed more than 200 people. They disregarded the other standard operating procedures such as wearing a face mask, and avoiding handshakes and hugs.
He also disregarded the other standard operating procedures such as properly wearing a face mask, and avoiding handshakes and hugs, Mutebi instead wore his face mask around his neck, hugged and shook hands with voters.
Candidates vying for the municipality mayoral and councillor seats
in Entebbe struggled to control crowds on the last day of campaigns.
In November, the Electoral Commission banned campaign rallies
and asked the candidates to only meet gatherings of less than 200 people as a
way to combat the spread of coronavirus disease.
On Saturday, as candidates conducted the final lap of the
campaigns, some of them struggled to control the crowds and eventually
addressed more than 200 people. These include Michael Kabwama Mutebi
Nyamayalwo, the NRM candidate and Olive Nassuna of National Unity Platform
candidate in the Entebbe Municipality mayoral race.
Other candidates in the same race are independent candidates
Mohamed Kawuma, Fabrice Rulinda, Gerald Muwonge, Alliance for National
Transformation-ANT's Kenneth Ssimbwa and Vincent De Paul Kayanja, the incumbent
and Democratic Party-DP candidate.
Mutebi met over 200 people at Mayor's Garden and thereafter, which is 500
meters away from Entebbe Police Station and then led a procession of over 200
supporters from Mayor's Garden to Katabi Namate Primary School up to
Banga-Nakiwogo landing site as he conducted door to door campaigns.
He also disregarded the other standard operating procedures such
as wearing a face mask, and avoiding handshakes and hugs, Mutebi instead wore
his face mask around his neck, hugged and shook hands with voters.
Mutebi said that it was difficult to control the crowds at a time
he and other NRM candidates are struggling to counter the "NUP wave".
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Nassuna, who combed the streets of Bugonga, Manyago and
Katabi-Busambaga in Division A, also struggled with controlling the crowds who
were excited to meet her for the first time and also to interact with
Michael Kakembo, the Entebbe Municipality MP-elect.
Nassuna, however, says that despite joining the campaign trail a
month late, the crowds symbolise the overwhelming support she and other NUP
candidates will receive on Monday's elections. She is also capitalizing on
the "NUP wave" across the country to convince voters.
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Ssimbwa, the Alliance for National Platform-ANT candidate
conducted door to door campaigns in Bugonga.
Democratic Party's candidates including the incumbent Vincent De
Paul (Entebbe Municipality Mayor) and councillors also held the door to door
campaigns in Bugonga, around Lake Side Primary, Bugonga Landing site.
Francis Makumbi, the chairperson DP Entebbe Branch, says it is
easier to control crowds when conducting door to door campaigns because the
candidate reaches out to voters from their homes or workplaces.
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The heavy downpour in Namasuba Kikajjo and parts of Makindye-Ssababgabo
disrupted the last day of campaigns. The rains started from midday until past 4
pm. The rains affected NUP, FDC, and DP, NRM and independent candidates and
their agents who were conducting campaigns.