According to Karim, they resorted to using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp and media houses that would offer them airtime to reach out to voters freely. Karim says they don’t want to be part of the team that will spread COVID-19 to the masses.
Willy-Mayambala in Campaigns- File Photo (1)
presidential candidate, Willy Mayambala has failed to honour his campaign schedule
in Bugisu Sub-region citing financial constraints.
According to the Electoral
Commission – EC campaign schedule, Mayambala was supposed to start his
campaigns in Bugisu region on Tuesday starting with Mbale district and then
proceed to Sironko and Bulambuli later today.
However, the presidential hopeful is no show in Mbale, Sironko and Bulambuli districts
citing lack of resources to enable him to conduct the campaigns. Mayambala’s
media team coordinator, Jamal Karim, says the presidential candidate stopped
campaigning in the open sometime back when the COVID-19 cases started increasing.
Karim, they resorted to using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp
and media houses that would offer them airtime to reach out to voters freely.
Karim says they don’t want to be part of the team that will spread COVID-19 to
He says that
until the government comes out openly to declare that the country is free from
the COVID-19 pandemic, they will continue using social media platforms as the
most secure way of campaigning.
campaign now in the wake of this pandemic, if you have been following us, you
are aware we stopped those campaigns long ago because we cannot expose our
people to the deadly disease during the campaigns,” he told URN on phone.
regretted the inconveniences caused to the people of Bugisu because of their
failure to campaign in the region. “We are
sorry, we may not make it to that side due to those challenges. I want to
apologize to the people of Bugisu over the same but we try to reach out to them
through other platforms,” he added.
Geoffrey Namawa, a resident of Busamaga in Mbale City told URN that he wasn’t aware
of any presidential candidate who was supposed to campaign in the town. “I thought they are now over after we saw
General Tumukunde,” he said.
Several candidates have openly come out and told their supporters that the
campaigns are draining due to lack of financial support to enable them to move
across the country to canvas support.
Bureau Chief Elgon/Bukedi
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.