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Five Presidential Candidates Fail to Campaign in Busia

According to the presidential campaign program, Kalemba was expected to campaign in Busia on November 13th, 2020. She only passed through Busia town and didn’t address rallies citing time and proceeded to Tororo Municipality.

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Five presidential candidates have so far failed to campaign in Busia district to market their manifestos to voters. They are Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate, DP’s Norbert Mao and Nancy Linda Kalemba, John Katumba and Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta, all independent candidates.  

According to the presidential campaign program, Kalemba was expected to campaign in Busia on November 13th, 2020. She only passed through Busia town and didn’t address rallies citing time and proceeded to Tororo Municipality. Katumba visited Busia on November 25th and was only sighted around Busia Taxi Park shouting "Katumba oyee". 

Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta also passed by Busia town two days later but didn’t address any rally. FDC’s Patrick Amuriat Oboi visited Busia on December 07th but was blocked by police from accessing Busia town after failing to make it to a venue designated by police 8 kilometers away. Norbert Mao arrived in Busia town on December 8th, 2020 past the campaign time and couldn’t be allowed to proceed with his rally. 

Some of the residents interviewed by URN say apart from President, Yoweri Museveni, the NRM candidate and his National Unity Platform-NUP rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, they didn’t feel the presence of any other presidential candidate. Bernard Mambo, a resident of Nangwe village accuses police of frustrating the campaigns of the other candidates.

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David Mangeni, another resident wants the presidential candidates to publish their manifestoes and social media platforms to reach the voters.

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Scovia Lyaka, another voter wants the candidates to use local radio stations to share their manifestoes with the voters.  

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Bernard Makokha, one of the FDC supporters in Busia has no kind words for the police force. According to Makokha, police frustrated the campaign rally of his presidential candidates and denied voters a chance to hear what they have to offer.

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Hassan Bwire Opio, the Busia District FDC party Chairperson, says they failed to meet the voters due to the partisan police force. He, however, says the FDC manifesto is rich on key areas. 

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Gilbert Amado, the DP Vice President and Busia Municipality parliamentary candidate says they were caught up with time and couldn’t make it to Busia in time.

He says they will harmonise with the Electoral Commission and fix a new date to campaign in Busia district.

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